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Celebrating Jewish Life in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Israel and the World FEDERATION NEWS

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November 2012 - Heshvan/Kislev 5773 INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

8A Community Focus 14A Jewish Interest 20A Commentary 22A Focus on Youth 27A Life Cycle 1B Jewish Happenings 12B Israel & the Jewish World 15B Recent Events

3A SarasotaManatee Lions attend Int’l Lion of Judah Conference

7A “Generations After” groups party at summer BBQ


Volume 42, Number 11

Reflecting on my presidency By Nelle Miller

cannot believe that it is time for me to reflect on almost three years as President of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. This collaboration and partnership with the board, the Federation professionals, other volunteers, agencies, interfaith groups and, most importantly, individual beneficiaries has been one of the greatest honors of my life. In the end, the only thing that is real is the measure of how hard we try, how we translate what is in our hearts, and somehow transpose that into our life’s work and intent. It has been a tremendous honor to express the mission of the Federation and community this way. Each of you who has stepped up to the plate, accepted our follies and foibles along with the deep satisfaction that in the end we are one step closer to building a community that we can all live with, and can, in fact, be proud of what we have accomplished to date. We have been incredibly entrepreneurial and daring, we have embraced change, and started to learn how to coexist for the betterment of everyone. We have cared and been change agents for one person at a time. We have translated what is in our hearts, and somehow transposed that into our work and routines each and every day. Our board, professionals, volunteers and participants are all visionary, hard working, dedicated…you all get it. With Israel in your hearts,


collective memory beating a rhythm that allows collaborative response, this Federation has proven it cares. Our conscience leads us down a path that honors our history and sets up a bright Jewish future… right here in Sarasota and Manatee, throughout the world, and in our beloved State of Israel. There are no shortcuts here. There are never shortcuts to doing the right thing. We need to be just, to love mercifully, to walk humbly, work hard, and feel unconditional love for our peoplehood and each other. All that we know about the future is that it can’t be the same. We should fear sameness. We need our world to grow, to evolve, and to be inclusive of all people. It will improve our community, our life’s circumstances, and allow for the celebration of diversity, difference and change. We have accomplished so much in the last three years. We have stayed aligned with our mission to save Jewish lives and life, and to enhance Jewish living here, throughout the world and in Israel. We have partnered throughout the city with Jewish Family & Children’s Service, the Jewish Housing Council, synagogues, schools, the United Way, Goodwill, our churches, the Hispanic community, Embracing Our Differences, the Asolo Rep, the Van Wezel, the Sarasota Orchestra, Florida Studio Theater, Ringling Museum and the Ringling School of Art + Design,

Nelle Miller...continued on page 3A

Women’s Day: Acclaimed author Jennifer Weiner will be sharing more than cupcakes By Sandy Chase

Project Mah Jongg exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Florida

ou seem really cool, so maybe we could seller novels, exploring such topics as infidelity, drug get together for lunch.” abuse, bar and bat mitzvahs, surrogacy, and family That’s one of the comments visitors to relationships. Her first novel, Good in Bed (2001), Jennifer Weiner’s website,, won her rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and write most often. And if you’ve read any Kirkus. In Her Shoes, later produced of Jennifer’s books, you would underas a movie, starred Cameron Diaz, stand the lunch invites. Her characters Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine. exude a warm, vulnerable, familiar qualHer latest novel, The Next Best Thing, ity that suggests you and Jennifer could is loosely based on Jennifer’s expeeasily be best friends. riences in Hollywood, as co-creator Given her busy schedule of publishand executive producer of State of ing 10 bestsellers, contributing to magaGeorgia, a short-lived ABC Family zines and websites, and appearing on sitcom. television shows, it’s a wonder Jennifer When you read Jennifer’s interhas any time for lunch. But the acclaimed view below, you’ll see why she’s a Jennifer Weiner author and former television executive is sought-after personality, appearing having lunch with us on Monday, December 3 for on such television programs as The Today Show, The Women’s Day 2012. Women’s Day...continued on page 4A Jennifer has written a bookshelf’s worth of best-

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November 2012

Keyboard Conversations® comes to Sarasota! Staff Report


hether you are a fan of classical music who wants to enhance your listening experience or a novice who wants a gentle introduction to the joys of classical music, you will be fascinated by this entertaining, informal and compelling program. World famous concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel uses his unique concert-pluscommentary format in which he speaks to the audience about the music prior to performing each work in its entirety. Keyboard Conversations®  presents some of the most familiar and beloved melodies of all time, tunes we all know

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and love, along with the interesting and touching human stories behind them. Norman Lebrecht, music commentator, author, and BBC broadcaster, said of the series, “In a world filled with flummery and jargon, Jeffrey Siegel tells and plays it like it is. No one takes you faster from here to the heart of the music, and no one makes you feel more confident that music has a vital role to play in your life.” Mr. Siegel joins the Sarasota community for three full concerts with the stories behind the music’s creation, and will perform the following pieces on the dates indicated. All performances will be held at the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus: Wednesday, November 28, 2012: GERSHWIN AND FRIENDS Includes Rhapsody in Blue in the composer’s rarely heard solo piano arrangement, Aaron Copland’s humorous Cat and the Mouse, Scott Joplin’s Wall Street Rag, Edward MacDowell’s tender To a Wild Rose, and the Sarasota premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s unpublished Meditation on a Wedding. Tuesday, January 22, 2013: THE ROMANTIC MUSIC OF CHOPIN A taste of Chopin, including stirring Polonaises, tuneful Waltzes, dreamy Nocturnes, the mysterious and beloved Fantasy Impromptu, and the tempestuous Scherzo.

Thursday, March 14, 2013: THE POWER AND PASSION OF BEETHOVEN The final program in the series will feature Fur Elise (Who was she and why did Beethoven write this for her?), the Moonlight Sonata, the high spirited  Rage over a Lost Penny, and the Farewell Sonata (Who was leaving and why was Beethoven so deeply affected?). The Federation is grateful to Pritchard Pianos for providing a Steinway Piano for this event. Individual tickets

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Interfaith, educational and cultural events throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties

Nov. 2012 through Feb. 2014 11.11.12 • 2:00 pm • Federation Campus • Free

Israel@65 Kick Off event featuring members of the IDF Quartet. Founded in 1967, the bands today produce the next gen stars of Israeli mainstream music, and have established themselves permanently in Israeli culture.

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This event will feature the fabulous NOA Dancers - 22 dancers of various ages from Tel Mond, Israel. Presented in partnership with Sarasota Sister Cities Association. Students: $5. Questions? Contact Alice Cotman at 941.359.6451.

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Lebanese Christian Brigitte Gabriel, will return to Sarasota for this premiere Israel@65 event as one of the leading experts in the world providing information and analysis on Global Islamic terrorism. Sponsored by Norman & Hannah Weinberg

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Film and lecture featuring Steve Emerson, an award-winning investigative journalist and author who serves as the Executive Director of The Investigative Project, the largest intelligence gathering center on militant Islamic activities. Sponsored by anonymous donor

03.27.13 • 8:00 pm • Van Wezel • $10+

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05.11.13 • 7:30 pm • Sarasota Opera House • $31+ Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari (from Israel) with the Sarasota Orchestra. Miri created her own unique sound by a fusion of classical style with jazz, R&B and hip hop. She is recognized as a musical pioneer.

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November 2012


Sarasota-Manatee Lions attend Int’l Lion of Judah Conference Staff Report


ions of Judah representing The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee attended the International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) in New York City, September 10-12. Joining Lions from throughout the U.S., Canada and Israel were Barbara Ackerman, Karen Bernstein, Fran Braverman, Lynn Carvel, Edie Chaifetz, Helen Glaser, Roz Goldberg, Linda Lipson, Ros Mazur, Nelle Miller, Patti Wertheimer, Nadia Ritter, Irene Ross, Bunny Skirboll, Susi Steenbarger, Cynthia Wright and Federation staff members Ilene Fox and Kim Mullins. Sarasota-Manatee Lions shared the pride as Helen Glaser received the prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award during the ILOJC. The award honors extraordinary women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism. “To be in New York City with 1,700 other Jewish women to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lion of Judah and to have our own Lion, Helen Glaser, honored as one of the 2012 Kipnis-Wilson/ Friedland Award recipients was a truly exciting experience. Being able to par-

Helen Glaser and Norma Kipnis-Wilson, co-founder of the Lion of Judah

ticipate and share this special time with other local Lions gave me great personal pride  and rededicated my commitment to our local community and the Jewish world at large,” shared Susi Steenbarger, incoming co-chair of Federation’s Annual Campaign. Lions attending the ILOJC made history as they raised more than $27 million for the Jewish Federations’ Annual Campaign to help care for those in need at home, in Israel and around the world. They were addressed by leaders in politics, philanthropy and business, including Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey, whose extensive knowledge of Torah and Jewish tradition earned him a standing ovation. Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething. org and founder of Dress for Success, described how her Jewish values and tenacity propelled a gift from her beloved Poppy Max into a global philanthropy that helps disadvantaged women. The ILOJC took place during the th 11 anniversary of 9/11 and provided a hands-on service project assembling care packages, emergency preparedness and literacy kits, food and shelter packages, and job-skills tutorials. There were also unique break-out sessions created with input from across the Jewish Federation community. After the ILOJC, Helen Glaser reflected, “What a wonderful experience I had being the recipient of the KipnisWilson/Friedlander Award. The inspiration that I received from the 1,700 Lions of Judah was so rewarding. The outreach lectures and other speakers were  very informative. I think this was an experi-

Nelle Miller...continued from page 1A the Sarasota Film Festival, and MOTE Marine. We have also partnered with Hillel, ORT America, World ORT, the Jewish Agency for Israel, the Joint Distribution Committee, numerous beneficiaries, NGOs and so many others, too numerous to list. We have run comprehensive programs from within the Federation with the intent of reaching out to widen our tent at home, blow the roof off, and engage everyone looking for a way to express who they are. We have organized Jewish book festivals, film festivals, lectures, concerts, women’s events, golf outings, trips to Israel, educational programming such as Melton and Communiteen, communitywide holiday celebrations, and rallies for what is right. We have developed initiatives to deal with Israel Advocacy, Youth and Family Engagement, and more. We have responded to emergencies throughout the world, both natural and those in the face of war and oppression. We have been supportive of the community at large, helping wherever and whenever we can. At the end of the day, if we have reached an individual, just one person at a time, from tending to their basic

needs for survival to providing a safe way to celebrate their Jewish identity, to let them feel that they belong to a worldwide, cherished and ancient peoplehood and community, then all of our work, giving, worry, concern, intent, blood, sweat and tears have not been in vain. We have fulfilled our individual and unique responsibility to contribute and make a difference in the world, and to come to the collective table in memory and in hope for the future, with the belief that there is no other choice. It’s just who we are, at the core of our moral compass, our ethics, and our love for our Jewish values and citizens of the world. With great sadness but with the excitement of seeing what comes next, I thank you all for entrusting your Federation and community to me. It has been a life’s honor and something that will be at the core of everything that I do next. It will be a great pleasure to watch the community move forward under the incredible leadership of Nancy Swart. With her sharp mind, incredible heart, and gumption to do whatever it takes to get things done, I know that the next two years will be evolutionary for us all. B’Shalom and Todah Rabah, Nelle

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Women’s Day...continued from page 1A CBS Early Show, and The Rachael Ray Show. And to think that she’ll be spending time with us, too. Your smile and laugh are infectious. Have you ever thought of becoming a comedienne? Any other careers in the future? That’s so nice of you to say! But I think the life of a comic isn’t very well suited to the life of a mom with little kids. I do like telling stories, though, and I loved being on The Today Show recently, teasing poor Al Roker about sanitary napkins. So there could be more TV in my future. But who knows? The only thing I can tell you for sure is that there will definitely be more books. What’s the funniest event associated with one of your book signings or interviews? Ah, where to begin. The guy (older, in white overalls, possibly with nothing underneath) who came to my reading in Pasadena and announced, “I was just shopping, didn’t have any intention of staying for the reading, but I liked it, and you’re kind of cute! Want to go out?” The woman in Portland who asked if Weiner was my real name or a pen name. After I stopped laughing, I said that Weiner was my actual, real name, and if I was going to pick a fake one, I’d go with something much more alphabetically advantageous and easier to pronounce. I think my favorite was the time in Washington, D.C., when I was doing a drop-in, signing a stack of books, and a woman shyly approached me. She’d been watching me for a while, and I figured she was going to ask for a signed book, or tell me she’d read one of my books, or…something. Instead, she asked if she could have a token for the bathroom. So I found her one. I’m full-service like that! In Fly Away Home, Selma says that the Chinese word for crisis is the same as opportunity. What crisis – if any – was an opportunity for you to become an author? In three words: I got dumped. I’d been dating the Nice Jewish Boy for

three years. We broke up, my heart was broken, I spent six months moping, weeping, and singing My Heart Will Go On in a terrible French-Canadian accent…and then I thought, “What do I know how to do?” The answer was, “Write.” So I wrote Good in Bed, mostly to make myself feel better about having a broken heart. Having included bar and bat mitzvahs, chupahs and brises in your novels, what role does Judaism play in your plots? Funny you should ask. Earlier this summer, an article came out in an online Jewish magazine that claimed I’m writing what the author called “shiksa lit” – that my books are insufficiently Jewish for her taste, that I’m somehow whitewashing them to meet mainstream tastes. When, in fact, my books are just as Jewish as I am – raised Reform, but observant, bat mitzvahed, confirmed, went to Israel, all of it (and am currently raising two Jewish daughters). If I was really writing in a way designed not to alienate or offend readers, I doubt I’d include any Jewish characters at all. And I should note here that no less an author than Jane Smiley, in a review, complained that I need to quit focusing on the emotional dilemmas of “nice Jewish girls.” Which just goes to show you can’t make everyone happy, but, in my case, some days you can’t make ANYONE happy! But, the real answer is this: Jews are outsiders in America. We are, in spite of the jokes about how we control Hollywood or the media, very much a minority. I have many memories of being the only kid not singing Christmas carols in choir; the only kid celebrating those weird-sounding holidays. Because I want my heroines to be outsiders, too, and because being Jewish is what I know, I end up writing about nice Jewish girls who are too Jewish for some, not Jewish enough for others, and exactly Jewish enough for me. Besides being a role model for Lucy and Phoebe, do you encourage your daughters to write? Given that you’re math-challenged, who helps with the homework?

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I encourage my daughters to read because I think that the first step toward becoming a writer is loving words and stories. I don’t really encourage them to write, beyond what their school requires, because I don’t want them to feel like they’ve been pushed into a career they never really wanted. If they are writers, they won’t be able to help themselves – they will be both blessed and cursed with the gift, the need, to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, and tell stories. And Dad helps with the math homework. My oldest is in fourth grade, and I’m already lost! What might you share with Jane Austen if she were to visit you? What might she share with you? This is a terrible confession for any “chick lit” author to make, but…I’m not a huge Jane Austen fan. The writers I grew up loving were Nora Ephron, Susan Isaacs, and Fran Lebowitz…writers like that. I think the four of us could have an amazing conversation! What about Nora Ephron inspired you to write? Is Stephen King still your favorite male author? I loved Nora Ephron’s voice – frank and funny and completely female. I loved that she wrote about breasts, and Pillsbury bake-offs, and break-ups, and topics that were not, and still are not, considered worthy of serious literary consideration. And, yes, Stephen King is still my favorite straight storyteller out there. In terms of crafting characters who feel real, in keeping the pages turning, the plot moving, nobody can beat him. I reread his stuff constantly, for pleasure, and also to study the mechanics, to see how he does what he does. Congratulations on your 10th novel, The Next Best Thing. Is there anything on the horizon for one of your female superheroes, Jezebel Bright? Ah, Jezebel. It pre-dated the website! Yes, in the early ’00s, I wrote an entire book about a female superhero, the descendant of the Greek goddess Diana. Wrote it, read it, decided it wasn’t good enough to publish, and put

it in a box. It will probably stay there until my daughters are a little older and I’m ready to give it the time it needs. I think it could be really special, but it’s going to take a lot of work. At one time you wanted to have a newspaper column entitled “The Joy of X,” referring to Generation X. In this world of blogs, would you consider pursuing that column online? I think Twitter fills whatever hole the columns left behind. I can talk about whatever’s happening in a quick, fun, funny way, whether it’s parental failure, observations about the world and what people are wearing…whatever it is, I’ve got an outlet. And I can tweet while I’m waiting in the pickup lane, or getting my coffee, or whatever. It’s very handy, and I like it a lot! What is most satisfying about tweeting for EntertainmentWeekly. com? I think knowing that there are people reading. Sometimes you tweet and don’t know where it’s going, if it’s getting read. EW has millions of people who follow its feed, so writing about The Bachelor or the Olympics and knowing I had an audience was a pure delight. (1) Do you still have Good in Bed T-shirts? I’m sure that some of us would love to wear: “I Got Good in Bed. Have You?” (2) If you have any cupcakes left over from your latest book tour, please bring some. The t-shirts, alas, are long gone. Remember, that book was 11 years ago! But I still remember my Nanna on the beach, wearing hers. And yes, I’ll bring cupcakes! To purchase tickets for the 2012 Women’s Day event, visit www.jfedsrq. org/events.aspx or call 941.371.4546 x100. This event will undoubtedly sell out, so make your reservations early! See the ad on page 6B for more details. Sandy Chase is president of WordMasters, a writing-editing company, which creates powerful business images, compelling communications, and successful fiction and nonfiction. Contact her at

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FEDERATION NEWS 5A November 2012

November 2012


Violence in the Arab world and beyond By Rabbi Howard A. Simon, Chair of The Robert and Esther Heller Israel Advocacy Initiative

PUBLISHER The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Klingenstein Jewish Center 580 McIntosh Road Sarasota, FL 34232-1959 Phone: 941.371.4546 Fax: 941.378.2947 E-mail: Website: Published Monthly Volume 42, Number 11 November 2012 44 pages in two sections USPS Permit No. 167 December 2012 Issue Deadlines: Editorial: October 26, 2012 Advertising: October 31, 2012 PRESIDENT Nelle Miller EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Howard Tevlowitz ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Marty Haberer COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIRS David Gruber, Linda Lipson MANAGING EDITOR Ted Epstein CREATIVE MANAGER Christopher Alexander ADVERTISING SALES Robin Leonardi PROOFREADERS Adeline Silverman, Stacey Edelman JOSEPH J. EDLIN JOURNALISM INTERN Roy Schneider MISSION STATEMENT: The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee strives to be the source of news and features of special interest to the Jewish community of Sarasota-Manatee, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and opinions in the Jewish community, and to communicate the mission, activities and achievements of the Federation and its Jewish community partners. OPINIONS printed in The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee do not necessarily reflect those of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, its Board of Directors or staff. SUBMISSIONS to The Jewish News are subject to editing for space and content, and may be withheld from publication without prior notice. Approval of submissions for publication in either verbal or written form shall always be considered tentative, and does not imply a guarantee of any kind. Submissions must be sent electronically to LETTERS to the editor should not exceed 300 words, must be typed, and include the writer’s name, mailing address and phone number. Letters can be submitted via snail mail or e-mail ( Not all letters will be published. Letters may be edited for length and content. ADVERTISING: Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertisement and may require the words “Paid Advertisement” in any ad. Publication of advertisements does not constitute endorsement of products, services or ideas promoted therein.

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United States recognizes and supports Islamic thought, as is the case with all religious ideals, but we are not going to forsake freedom of religion and freedom of speech to accommodate the Salafists or any other group that wishes to dictate the way life will exist in our country. This belief makes us the enemy of the Islamic world. Our goal is to work with, be helpful to, and considerate of the new governments sweeping the Middle East. We will not give up our ideals to enhance these relationships. This means that understanding and appreciation must be a two-way street. If we are to truly get along  in our ever changing world, the United States must respect the ways of these newly emerging governments, who in turn must respect the  ways of our country. Such a relationship does not exist today. Can it take place in the future? Time will tell. We watch and we wait as we seek a world of harmony and peace. To learn about how you can get involved with the Heller IAI, please visit or contact Amber Ikeman at or 941.371.4546 x105.

Dress Up for Yontif – Rosh Hashanah Staff Report


he Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s Dress Up for Yontif program took place on Sunday, September 2 at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key. This program is designed to bring the Russian Jewish population closer to the Jewish community and the Jewish traditions. The mission of this program is to build a connection – KESHER – with Jewish people who have absolutely no affiliation with the Jewish religion and its traditions. This goal is achieved by planning a program that allows this group to socialize, have a traditional Rosh Hashanah meal, learn about the holiday, and get a gift certificate to local shopping stores. This gift card is used to buy food and new clothes for the holiday. Rabbi Jonathan Katz conducted a meaningful Rosh Hashanah program, with his sense of humor and insightful wisdom, and then guided the audience to think about the meaning of this holiday and its spiritual content. Irina Oykerman, our liaison and bridge to the Russian Jewish community, was there to serve the meals. She and her children, Eddie and Regina, are always there to help serve the food, and add their charm and help to the program. A tasty delicious meal prepared by Delicious Creations was served by Temple Beth Israel dedicated volunteers and the Oykerman family. Prior to serving the meal, Rabbi Katz conducted blessings over the challah, wine and food. The group was extremely thankful and appreciative to

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and its donors. We wish to thank Rabbi Katz and the Temple Beth Israel clergy and volunteers for helping run the program, and a special thank you to the Oykerman family. To learn more about this program, please contact Orna Nissan at or 941.371.4546 x104.

Volunteers Kathy Brooks, Rabbi Jonathan Katz and Joyce Paley

Since the 1920s, the game of mah jongg has ignited the popular imagination with its beautiful tiles, mythical origins and communal spirit. This exhibit provokes memories of the intergenerational tradition of this game, and illuminates mah jongg’s influence on contemporary culture.

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Established 1971

ick up a map of the world and organization. The Salafists believe the take a long, hard look at it. Ob- Muslim Brotherhood, who currently serve where riots have broken leads Egypt, is too liberal in its thinkout and realize how close many of these ing. The Salafists believe the leadership lands are to Israel. Those ever so terri- of Libya and elsewhere in the newly ble riots have occurred in Egypt, Libya, emerging Middle East are too willing Pakistan, Afghanistan, the West Bank, to accommodate the West, in general, Yemen, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and  the United States, in  particular. Iran, Sudan, Morocco, India, Great The Salafists oppose moderate Islamist thinking. They are anti Britain, Nigeria, Indonesia and Malaysia. all secularist  groups in What we have seen in Islamic lands. What this every country are Islamic meant in Egypt was that fundamentalists protesting President Mohammed against the United States. Morsi was ever so slow These attackers of our emto react to the attacks on bassies and consulates want the American embassy. the world to think this is a In fact, it was not until protest against a film allega lengthy, vitriolic conedly made in the U.S. that versation was had with blasphemes Muhammad. President Obama that Rabbi Howard A. Simon The reality is this film was Morsi stepped into to but a pretext to allow anti-Arab Spring halt the demonstrations and spoke out activists to attack governments that against these totally insensitive acts. have come to power in Egypt, Libya Today an element of calm has been and elsewhere who they consider to be restored to the area, but don’t think for a too liberal, too desirous of maintaining moment the matter has been put to rest. positive relations with the U.S. and too Islamists describe the United States as willing to reach out to diverse groups “the big Satan” and Israel as “the little that are not true followers of Islam. Satan.” Both countries are hated by Let us take a long, hard look at what many Islamic groups, especially the has taken place in Egypt. Rioters in Salafists, the second largest faction in Egypt carried banners identifying them- Egypt. selves as the Nour Party and the Asala The goal of Islam is to take over Party. These are the primary support the world and see to it that the Islamic groups of the Salafist Islamic extremist belief is espoused by one and all. The

Thru March 17, 2013

Project Mah Jongg was curated and is circulated by the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York. The exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support is provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld and 2wice Arts Foundation. Local funders for Project Mah Jongg include: Robert Arthur Segall Foundation, Funding Arts Network, Charles & Sandra Simon, Joni & Stanley Tate. As of 9/14/12.

Photograph by James Shanks Photography.

Thru January 27, 2013 This fun-filled exhibit allows children, families and students to explore the immigration story through hands-on activities based on themes relating to all cultures:

Cha nge & Inf lue nce Wh ere to Go New Beg inni ngs Wh at to Take r he Ot He lpi ng Ea ch Why Mo ve

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November 2012

Young Ambassadors applications now available!


ifteen teenagers. Fifteen days in Israel. Camel rides, Dead Sea floats, breathtaking desert sunrises, and all the hummus you can dream of. Lifelong friends and everlasting memories. Becoming a true leader. What do you get when you put all of that together? You get The Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission to Israel. The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is gearing up to send another group of young leaders on the trip of a lifetime. The journey begins here in Sarasota, where teens will explore their relationship to Israel through learning about its rich history, culture and innovations. Young Ambassadors will attend sessions from January through May to prepare them to see, feel, smell and experience that magical faraway land they’ve always heard about. The journey will continue throughout Israel’s most beautiful and historical landmarks, but this is still only the beginning. When the Young Ambassadors return, they come together on a regular basis to process their experience and use it to benefit our community. Their Young Ambassadors experience does not stop there; many past Ambassadors have stayed in close contact with their fellow participants for years, feel deep, long-lasting connections to Israel and Jewish identity, and even return to Israel for short or long-term stays. Don’t just take our word for it; listen to our past participants to hear about how the mission changed their lives: “I strongly encourage any Jewish teen with interest in going to go [on Young Ambassadors]. I can promise you that you will not only get to see the sights and meet the people, but you will also have the time of your life, make lifetime friends, and make a connection to Israel you won’t get anywhere else. I know I did.” (Justin Wagner, BMYA ’12). Also see the reports on this page. If you are in 10th or 11th grade, identify as a Jewish person, and live in Sarasota or Manatee counties, do not miss your opportunity to apply for this life-changing experience. Applications are now available online at www.The For more information, please contact Amber Ikeman at 941.371.4546 x105 or

Looking for more articles for your kids and teens? See the Focus on Youth section on pages 22A - 26A.

The 2012 Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Teen Leadership Mission to Israel

My experience in Israel By Brandon Ikeman


or years, a poster hung in the Flanzer Building of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee saying, “You’ll love Israel from the first Shalom.” I have always wondered if I would make the same connection that this poster suggests. Fortunately, thanks to the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors program, I have found that love and more during my 15-day experience in Israel. Even though I may not speak Hebrew and I was not used to the Israeli lifestyle, somehow, from that first “Shalom,” I knew I was home. Coexistence was a theme evident throughout Israel. Blending ancient and modern, religious and secular, and mourning and celebration, Israeli society just seemed to “work.” For example, Jerusalem on Shabbat was a special experience not found in the U.S. First, we went into the Old City, bustling with life before Shabbat, with people singing, dancing, praying and socializing. During Shabbat, the city calmed down to a relaxed pace, only to liven up again on Ben Yehuda Street on Saturday night. Being in Israel gave me a strong feeling of “Am Yisrael Chai” – the people of Israel live. Coexistence was also evident in Kiryat Yam, Hebrew

for “city by the sea.” Kiryat Yam is our partner city, having endless similarities to Sarasota-Manatee. Fast growth, similar population, beautiful atmosphere, and all of those roundabouts just start the similarities. Part of the program included a weekend spent with host families in Kiryat Yam. We formed instant connections with the amazing teens we met. We had so much in common, being Jewish teenagers in 2012, but we also had many differences since we live in such different societies. Being able to stay in touch with the Israelis we met on the trip shows that our partnership goes not just from country to country, but from people to people as well. An element deeply ingrained in Israeli society was respect. Mt. Herzl was an emotional experience for the whole group. First, Yad Vashem’s metaphorical architecture and focus on the individuals tragically lost in the Holocaust paid a high amount of respect to its victims and gave me a new outlook on the importance of Holocaust remembrance. Its Jerusalem location is important because, even in the heart of modern Jewish life, we must remember what was a tragic time for Jews. After seeing the burial sites of the courageous leaders who served Israel either by building and leading it or dying defending it in the IDF, I realized that Israelis really know how to pay tribute to those who have been lost. Hearing their stories

increased my pride in the fruitful state that Israel has become. I enjoyed the privilege of sharing this 15-day journey and all of the pre/ post-mission training sessions with 14 other proud Jewish teens. Together, our hearts, minds and souls opened to take it all in. We all feel connected to each other and the Holy Land itself. As questioned of us early on in the program, I finally know what Israel means to me, and to Jewish people as a whole. It was, is, and will always be our homeland. As said in Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, “The hope of two thousand years, to be a free people in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem.” I would like to thank The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for recognizing the need for Jewish teens to visit Israel and making it happen; Len Steinberg and Kim Mullins for chaperoning us on the long journey; Natalie, our tour guide, for knowing Israel inside and out; Uzi, our bus driver, who seemed invincible when driving in Tel Aviv traffic; and Eliran, our guard/medic, for always being there to protect us. This trip has furthered my existing pride in being Jewish, and increased my realization of how important Israel is to Jews around the world. Now that I am back in the States, I feel ready to continue my Jewish leadership in the community, leading with my love of Israel and Judaism at heart.

Far beyond expectations By Sammy Robbins


ar beyond expectations” are words that eventually come to mind when asked, “How was Israel?” When first asked, I was speechless. The host of tours, hikes, restaurants, holy places, landscapes and new experiences were unfathomable. From the Western Wall to the Negev, the Golan Heights and Kiryat Yam, I had an life-enriching experience in Israel. Starting in the heart of Israel, Jerusalem, we toured the Old City, rummaged through ancient ruins, and spent Shabbat at the Western Wall. Jerusalem reminded me of the immense history that surrounds our faith. Walking over stone that was over 5,000 years old and seeing architecture just as ancient was really moving. I knew that people my age had walked over that same stone for many, many years. Once I wrapped my head around the mere age of everything, we headed over to perhaps the most holy area for Jewish people in the entire world, the Western Wall. Standing in front of this ancient piece of architecture, surrounded by children and adults who were all praying, I realized this was quite the experience, one I’d never felt before. Separated from the boys, the girl Young Ambassadors

had an opportunity to each step up to the wall and pray, a bonding experience for us all. Being at the Western Wall is a special moment and we were able to experience that together – the first time, for most. After Jerusalem, we headed north to the Golan Heights. This really touched on the pure nature and beauty of Israel. Hiking waterfalls and spending nights on a kibbutz allowed the group to really take in Israel and the natural beauty of the land. My favorite memory from this portion of the trip was getting to the top of a waterfall. Our chaperone, Len Steinberg, asked us, “Who’s loving life right now?” Every person in the group responded with an absolute “me,” myself included. It really struck me how special this entire experience was, and would become, as I was basking in the sun in a little pool of a waterfall in Israel. At this point it dawned on me how lucky and fortunate I was to be able to experience Israel in such a profound way. After our time in the North, it was time to head south into the desert. We visited Ben-Gurion’s (and his wife’s) grave and traveled via the winding narrow roads to the Bedouin community. It was quite interesting to see not only the Jewish aspects of Israel, but also the other cultures prevalent in Israeli

society. In the desert, we experienced Bedouin culture, and in the North we experienced Druze culture. An early wakeup to hike Masada didn’t hinder the excitement of the group. The top of Masada was one of the most memorable events of the trip. We were there just in time for sunrise, and we witnessed a group of IDF soldiers finishing their training camp. It is traditional (as our guide, Natalie, informed us) for IDF groups to hike Masada with sand bags for their last training mission. We got to see several men and women rejoice after the long and exhausting hike. They ran around Masada waving the Israeli flag. It really struck me at this moment that men and women, merely two years older than me, were active in the military and in uniform daily. They were the ones protecting their special country. Tel Aviv, the “New York City of Israel,” had so much to offer. Among the activities there, were visits to Rabin Square and Independence Hall. Perhaps the most depressing day of the excursion was when we went on an extensive tour of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Israel. Though this experience was very sad and touching, it was also mildly uplifting. At the end of the building, you walk out onto a lookout. You

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FEDERATION NEWS 7A November 2012

November 2012


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can see a gorgeous and breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem. To me, this was a needed reminder that the Jewish people prevailed. Though we were targeted throughout the Holocaust, we survived and, in fact, thrived. Jews continue to travel to Israel to remind them of the rich faith on which their lives are based. I am happy to be able to be a part of this larger community, and the Bob Malkin Young Ambassadors Mission helped me forge this connection. This trip taught me so much about the Jewish people, Israel and Israeli culture. However, it was all part of a bigger picture. The group learned about the constant threat Israel is under (after going through El Al security twice), the difference in culture, and the fact that groups just like ours are the ones bring-

ing all this culture back to the States and spreading it for everyone to experience. Though the trip was fantastic in and of itself, the other Young Ambassadors made it a more enriching experience. Some of us got off to a rocky start, but midway through the trip, we had all become close friends. We laughed in our hotel rooms, had inside jokes, and shared water bottles with each other as if we’d been close friends since kindergarten. We quickly adopted trip traditions which chaperones Len Steinberg and Kim Mullins participated in. Even though this experience was “far beyond expectations,” I am now able to grasp what it means to be Israeli, and the rich culture and tradition that flow through the streets of Israel.

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November 2012

New JLI course – “The Kabbalah of You”


he Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) presents “The Kabbalah of You: A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential,” the institute’s new six-session Fall 2012 course. Rabbi Mendy Bukiet of Chabad of Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch will conduct the six course sessions at 7:45 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, October 31 at The Chabad House.

“As diverse as our talents and interests may be, there is an underlying core that is common to all,” said Rabbi Naftali Silberberg of JLI. “We all share that humanity, that dignity that makes our lives immeasurably valuable. “The Kabbalah of You” addresses that core.” Through the examination of the entire spectrum of what it means to be human, “The Kabbalah of You” offers

N’shei Chabad Women launches “It’s About Time”


’shei Chabad Women once again presents the Rosh Chodesh Society, which serves as an outstanding opportunity for women to enjoy a monthly Torah class, lunch and challah making. The classes are held monthly at 11:00 a.m. on a Thursday close to Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of a new Jewish month). This year’s course is entitled “It’s About Time: Kabbalistic Insights for Taking Charge of Your Life” – a practical and insightful spiritual journey toward selfmastery and living a happier, more fulfilling and more effective life. The aim of the course is to empower women to take action and implement change in seven key areas of their lives. Topics discussed in the course include emotional mastery, sleep and renewal, nutrition and dieting, happiness, communication skills, faith and knowledge,

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and how to implement lasting change. The course, held at Chabad of Sarasota and led by Sara Steinmetz, will draw from a broad spectrum of mystical and classical Jewish texts, allowing students to test drive the wisdom of the ages, providing intellectually stimulating and inspiring motivational sessions of personal relevance to any woman alive today. Dates for the Rosh Chodesh Society are Thursdays November 15, December 13, January 17, February 14, March 14, April 11 and May 2. Following the Torah class, women will enjoy lunch and challah making. Women can sign up for the entire course for $99, or $18 for individual classes. To register or for more information, call 941.925.0770. Appreciation is extended to Anne Stein (Chabad’s First Lady) for her assistance in underwriting this course.


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“A Taste of Chanukah” – call for volunteers


lanning for “A Taste of Chanukah,” Sarasota-Manatee’s preeminent community Chanukah celebration, is well underway. In order to accommodate the expected record turnout, this year’s event will take place at Phillippi Estate Park, a 60-acre site located at 5500 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, on Sunday, December 9. It will feature gourmet food prepared and served by some of the region’s top

restaurants, amazing entertainment, and attractions for the whole family. A large number of volunteers are urgently needed to assist with event operations, including setup, decorating, traffic/ parking assistance and more. If you would like to volunteer, contact Kelly Dietz at Chabad of Sarasota at 941.925.0770 or info@chabad For more information on the event, see the ad on page 7B.

Project Linus group created in Sarasota


he newest member of Florida’s West Central Coast Chapter, the Sarasota Project Linus group is part of a nationwide group of volunteers whose goal is to provide security blankets to children facing substantial distress in their lives. With chapters in all 50 states and Canada, blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child

might be in need of a big hug. This local Project Linus group meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday mornings of each month in the boardroom of Temple Beth Israel. Already a dozen blankets have been donated to children at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Additional participants are welcome and invited to attend. For more information, contact Dr. Lois Barson at

COMMUNITY FOCUS 9A November 2012

November 2012


One people, many voices Support families this Veterans Day By Arlene Stolnitz


o you love the Sarasota Jewish Chorale? Do you wonder how the music we sing is chosen? The chorale chooses its music with a Music Committee that searches out new songs and finds new ways to present them in performance. Unlike most other organizations in the Jewish world, the Chorale does not have a movement, agency or endowment behind it. What it does have is the creativity, ingenuity and dedication of many musical individuals who are committed to expanding the awareness and appreciation of Jewish music as it is sung all over the world. We are constantly finding new pieces to add to the repertoire from places as diverse as Uganda and Cuba. Writers Brenda Lederman and Rivka Chatman, with Arlene Stolnitz and conductor Martha Kesler, collaborate and come up with original ideas for presentation. Lederman and Chatman are polishing the final version of their newest work which will debut in early 2013.

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Check out our new website at www. for the latest information about where the Chorale will be singing this season. The Chorale is looking for additional male singers as well as an accompanist. Call Martha Kesler at 941.955.1021 for further information. The Chorale depends on the generosity of private donors to support our musical endeavors. If you’d like to contribute to our efforts to bring Jewish music to our community, please mail your tax-deductible check, payable to Sarasota Jewish Chorale, to Kathy Rance, Treasurer, Sarasota Jewish Chorale, 1349 Vermeer Drive, Nokomis, FL 34275.

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he Jewish Family & Children’s Service Operation Military Assistance Program (OMAP) offers case management and financial assistance to low-income veterans and their families who are homeless or are about to become homeless, to enable them to obtain or maintain stable, permanent housing. Although these veterans and their families might be eligible for food stamps, they cannot purchase such basic personal items such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste or toothbrush. To address this need, JFCS has established its Buddy Basket & Back Pack project. You can help

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support veterans and their families this Veterans Day by donating personal hygiene items or cleaning supplies (Comet, paper towels, wipes) to JFCS, or sponsor a buddy basket for $25 or a back pack for $15. Donations can be dropped off at JFCS, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For more information about these OMAP projects, please contact me at 941.366.2224 x152 or

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November 2012


November is National Caregiver Support Month JFCS is there so caregivers don’t have to do it alone!


re you caring for a spouse or a partner with Alzheimer’s disease? You are not alone. It is estimated that 1 in 18 people in Sarasota is impacted by dementia. The Sarasota Caregiver Counseling and Support Program is a federally funded program through the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Aging, which targets the needs of caregivers in Sarasota who are caring for a partner with Alzheimer’s disease or Alzheimer’s Related Dementia.  The goal of the program is to provide knowledge and support to caregivers and their families to reduce caregiver stress, increase coping skills to manage daily challenges, and provide ongoing support through connections to local resources. Access to this program is available by calling the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Caregiver Help Line at 941.364.7560. Caregivers are encouraged to view the JFCS sponsored Caregiver Resource website at How JFCS helped our family By Emily Leinfuss, Freelance Writer & Editor, Sarasota In hindsight it is easier to see the beginning. My mom fell asleep at the wheel of her car and hit a tree. That was the first outward sign of the dementia that had taken hold of much of her mental capacities. My sister and I were at a loss for what to do to help her and my father (now 90 years old). He was overwhelmed, caring for my mom and taking over all the cooking, cleaning and ins and outs of their lives. Although he didn’t talk about it, he was also dealing with the shock, sadness and frustration of this change in his spouse of 60 years. We turned to JFCS for help through its Sarasota CARES program. It was difficult convincing my dad (who, as a depression era, WWII vet, can be stubborn and set in his thinking) to get any help at all. I was relieved when he agreed to meet with the project manager of Sarasota CARES. The

Temple Emanu-El drive benefits All Faiths Food Bank “


need for food exists now more than ever.” The High Holy Day Food Drive has become an essential tradition at Temple Emanu-El, with hundreds of speciallyprepared bags distributed to preschool and religious school families as well as worshippers during Rosh Hashanah. Food drive participants fill the bags with nonperishables, then return them to the synagogue when they arrive for Yom Kippur services. Volunteers even assist with unloading bags from worshippers’ cars as they arrive at the temple. “At this time of year, we think not only about our own lives but how we can improve the lives of others,” Rosenberg commented. “We remember to feed the hungry and care for the stranger.” Rosenberg thanked the many donors and supporters who helped with the food drive, including Rabbi Brenner Glickman, Dr. Steven Meyers, the Social Action Committee, Marjorie Rosenthal, Eva Schaal, and Brotherhood High Holy Temple Emanu-El High Holy Day Food Drive Chair Helene Rosenberg with Julianna Maggard and Emma Katz and some of the collected food Day ushers.

wesome!” According to Temple Emanu-El’s High Holy Day Food Drive Chair Helene Rosenberg, that was the word All Faiths Food Bank leaders used to describe the nonperishable food collected during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Filling six pallets and spilling onto the floor of the social hall, Temple Emanu-El’s food donations weighed 4,048 pounds – providing 3,827 meals and exceeding last year’s collection by about 1,000 pounds. Rosenberg explained that the donations were especially appreciated this year as All Faiths Food Bank had a shortage of food and empty shelves desperately needing donations. “They [All Faiths] were very excited, as am I,” Rosenberg stated. “The

program is sponsored by JFCS through project manager suggested it, we got a a grant from the Harry & Jeanette ‘yes.’ She also convinced him to at least Weinberg Foundation. try JFCS’ weekly CareThe JFCS project giver Support Group. manager explained that After a while Sarasota CARES launched a volher job was to gain an understanding of the unteer program and some wonderful women came feelings and opinions of us all and then make to my parents’ home recommendations based to spend time with my mom so my dad could on her professional assessment. get a break. I look at finding For example, although I had long been JFCS just when we needpressing my dad to get ed it as a blessing. Thank you JFCS CARES for help into the household, he was dead set against Emily Leinfuss with her parents, supporting our family! Paul and Adele it. But when the JFCS

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November 2012


JFCS sponsors Annual Grace Rosen Magill Lecture Sponsored by

By Andria Keil Bilan, JFCS VP of Development


abbi David Saperstein will be the featured keynote speaker at the Jewish Family & Children’s Service Annual Grace Rosen Magill Lecture on Monday, December 3 at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. His topic is based on his book, Jewish Dimensions of Social Justice: Tough Moral Choices of Our Time. Rabbi David Saperstein, Director and Counsel, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, is a recognized national advocate on a broad range of social justice issues. Newsweek has referred to Rabbi David Saperstein as the most influential rabbi in the country, and a Washington Post profile said he was the “quintessential religious lobbyist on Capitol Hill.” Rabbi Saperstein is part of a large rabbinic family; his uncle, Rabbi Sanford Saperstein, of blessed

memory, was a board member of JFCS and the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key. Public lecture tickets are $25 per person and include the lecture at 7:00 p.m. immediately followed by a dessert reception. Patron Sponsor tickets are $100 per person and include an invitation to a special pre-event reception, a signed copy of Rabbi Saperstein’s book, lecture and dessert reception. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The event will also include recognition of the following 2012 JFCS award recipients: Sue Jacobson will be presented the Rabbi Sanford E. & Leah Saperstein Hope & Healing Award recognizing her devotion to Jewish continuity, education and service to those in need. Barbara Brizdle & Larry Schoen-

berg will be presented the Sidney J. Berkowitz Building Community Award recognizing their continued, outstanding voluntary service to the community reflecting improvement of the human social condition. Community sponsors of this event include The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, AJC-West Coast Florida, Congregation Kol HaNeshama, Congregation Ner Tamid, Jewish

Rabbi David Saperstein, keynote speaker

Sue Jacobson, Saperstein Award recipient

Tel Mond’s NOOA dancers to perform in Sarasota By Kim Sheintal


f you enjoy watching Israeli dancing, what could be better than watching outstanding teenage dancers from Tel Mond perform classic, jazz, modern and Israeli dance? The answer is seeing them perform in person. The finest dancers and one singer from the dance school at the Tel Mond Cultural Center are coming to Sarasota for six days and will be performing on Monday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Jewish Federation Campus, as part of the Federation’s Israel @ 65 Celebration. NOOA, which means movement, will also be performing at the Holocaust Survivor Luncheon on Thursday, December 6. NOOA was formed over 15 years

NOOA dancers in motion



The Jewish Federation and the Generation After group invite you to commemorate Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Featuring Sarasota Jewish Chorale and guest speaker Paul Bartrop, PhD, Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University will discuss “The Kristallnacht As Seen From Australia, November 1938.”

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

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ago and currently consists of 20 dancers and one singer. NOOA performers practice four times a week for a few hours per practice. They are beautiful, strong, flexible, elegant, graceful and amazing performers. In addition to their three chaperones, Avi Eliyahu (Tel Mond Cultural Center Director) will be coming with the 21 NOOA performers. The Sarasota-Manatee community is fortunate that NOOA is coming. NOOA is fortunate to have a committee in Sarasota, led by Alice Cotman, that is planning an exciting schedule for them. Tel Mond has been Sarasota’s Sister City in Israel since 1999. As our community prepares to celebrate Israel @ 65, let’s start the celebration with a warm welcome to our 25 visitors from Tel Mond, who arrive in Sarasota on December 5. If you want to be on the committee, please contact Alice Cotman at or 941.359.6451.

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Mah jongg comes to Miami Beach!

Project Mah Jongg on display October 16, 2012 - March 17, 2013 at the Jewish Museum of Florida


nter a room where mah jongg is being played and the first thing you’ll hear are sounds of happiness – laughter and chatter, tiles clacking, and “Mah jongg!” cried out by a triumphant winner. People play anywhere four can fit around a table – or in the case of Miami Beach, in a swimming pool! Project Mah Jongg is an innovative cultural exhibition that opened in the Jewish Museum of Florida (JMOF) in October, and sheds light on the little-known historical dimensions of the game, provoking memories and meanings of the intergenerational tradition of this still popular icon in Jewish-American culture. The exhibit includes early game sets made of bone, Bakelite and bamboo; vintage photographs and advertisements; household items; Chinoiserie; and instructional materials. The exhibit also illuminates mah jongg’s influence on contemporary design, art, literature, theater, fashion and cuisine, with works by designer Isaac Mizrahi, writer/artist Bruce McCall and illustrators Christoph Niemann and Maira Kalman.

Jane Eynon, Betty Carey, Helen Plummer and Ruth Nebeker playing a floating game of mah jongg, 1924. Courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

time he simplified the game for an American audience through his book “Rules for Playing the Genuine Chinese Game Mah-Jongg.” Since then, the game has ignited the popular imagination with its beautiful tiles, mythical origins and communal spirit. Throughout its history in the U.S., mah jongg has Stella Prebler, Pearl Abrams, Pearl Feinstein, played a role in everything Shirley Friedman, Dottie Cohen and Ruth Feinberg playing mah jongg at Gold-Dan’s Cottages in the Catskills, from family gatherings to c. 1960. Courtesy of Harvey Abrams. charitable events, from immigrant neighborhoods to resorts and Miami Beach. As Maira Kalman said retirement villages, and it has enjoyed about the game, “When I heard that popularity from Hollywood, Califor- women would get together and play nia, to Hollywood, Florida. Mah Jongg mah jongg and talk about their probwas – more than anything – a commu- lems, I realized there was a lot of theranity builder. The game was a staple that py going on that could not be done in an followed many from their summers in official way. Many worries and wishes the Catskills to their winter homes in were voiced.” Today, hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the game, as it continues to be a vital part of communal, personal and cultural life. Some play to gather with friends, some have inherited the mah jongg sets of their mothers and grandmothers and they seek to connect to past generations, while others are drawn to the retro appeal of the game and a bygone way of life in our hightech society. The clacking mah jongg tiles echo the memories, fantasies, idenMah jongg scorecards such as tities and intersections of our cultures – “I think the most fascinating thing about mah jongg is the juxtaposithis one helped decipher the past and present. tion of ancient Chinese and modern-day American Jewish cultures. game for Western audiences, Project Mah Jongg was curated and What a mix! For this painting, I simply traced on paper the detailed c. 1923. image my imagination had generated. I’ve learned to trust first is circulated by the Museum of Jewish instincts, especially when they’re this vivid. Painting this picture Heritage – A Living Memorial to the was the most pleasurable creative experience I’ve had in years.”

JMOF has added a Florida connection to the show, with mah jongg sets and memorabilia from Jewish families throughout the state. There is also a mah jongg table in the exhibit where visitors can sit and play, in addition to a variety of programs and events where people can learn to play and host their own games. How did the ancient Chinese table game mah jongg, the invention of which is attributed to Confucius in 500 BCE, become a favorite pastime – often, a social lifeline – for generations of Jewish women in America? Mah jongg was introduced in the United States around 1920 by American businessman Joseph P. Babcock, a representative for the Standard Oil Company in China, who was fascinated with the exotic world that mah jongg represented. He started importing sets around 1922, at which

Bruce McCall, 2010, used with permission.

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IPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) was developed in Israel and is now a community service project of NCJW. It is locally administered by Jone Williams, YMCA Senior Program Director. A child whose primary caregiver has read to, talked to, listened to, and valued them as individuals, generally develops a strong self-concept, adjusts better in school and achieves greater success. This year’s HIPPY graduation – a heartwarming time when preschoolers celebrate the completion of the program – was special. The guest speaker was Latisha Wimberly, who was a member of the first graduating class of HIPPY 20 years ago! Latisha recently earned

a dual degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, and now plans to continue her education at the Master’s level at Florida Atlantic University. The Sarasota-Manatee Section of NCJW has supported HIPPY for 20

years by serving on its advisory board and providing backpacks, school supplies and clothing to help prepare the youngsters for first grade. At the ceremonies, greetings were given by Bonnie Sussman, NCJW coVP, and Caroline Zucker, Chair, Sarasota County School Board and 1996

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NCJW Women in Power honoree. Members Mimi Seitman and Bea Volk received plaques and were recognized for their unwavering support of HIPPY for 20 years. For more information about NCJW or how to become a community service volunteer, call 941.342.1855.

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f this is the new voice of Israeli politics and government, it is a shrewd, loud and powerful voice that is sure to be controversial both inside and outside of Israel’s borders. Danny Danon, chairman of World Likud (a major political party) and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, argues that the generations of appeasement, twostate solutions, and land-for-peace Phil Jason bargaining need to be put into the dustbin of history. They haven’t worked, and they have rarely, if ever, been in Israel’s interest. He advocates a much tougher stance, along with much greater independence from American policy. As a key player in a new generation of Israel’s leadership, Danon insists that Israel needs to assert full sovereignty over lands under its control and stop expecting some future giveaway to bring peace. For Danon, demonstrated strength will be the great peacemaker. In the Middle East, power talks and anything less than an aggressive stance is construed as weakness. We’ve heard these positions before, but Danon has put the package together with great clarity and force. Is his a dangerous stance? Perhaps, but it may be less dangerous than the acquiescence that invites annihilation. Danny Danon Danon makes all the old cases for Israel’s right to exist in its current place on the globe: the Biblical case, the continuity case, and the legalistic case. He makes them coherently, economically, and with a bit of useful swagger. It’s almost as if he’s briefing Jewish college students on how to answer the arguments from the left side of the political spectrum, and Danon provides superb ammunition and copious documentation. He reminds his readers that after WWI, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon were created in pretty much the same way that Israel was created after WWII, but no one is questioning the legitimacy of those nations. He reviews, briefly, the great British Mandate for Palestine’s giveaway of 80% of the land to the country now named Jordan, the home of over two million Palestinians. It’s clear that at one time the international community expected the entire Mandate

territory (from the wreck of the Ottoman Empire) to be the home of a Jewish nation. He insists, with plentiful evidence, that there never was a Palestinian nation – a distinct, self-governing entity – to be overtaken, stolen, occupied, or otherwise compromised. For all of the background arguments that Danon provides, his main strategy is to underscore the facts on the ground. Israel is here, unapologetic, and ready to take its survival interests fully into its own hands. That means, with some slight adjustments, fully annexing territories conquered in defensive wars. Danny Danon is at great pains to articulate a refinement of Israel’s relationship with its great ally, the United States. The question of U.S. influence on Israel’s policies and actions is complicated and deeply rooted. From Danon’s perspective, Israel has too often caved in to U.S. (and other Western) pressure and acted against its own interest, postponing the reckoning to a later date. Having gained the upper hand with its enemy neighbors on several occasions, Israel folded to appease its allies. Danon believes a stronger, more independent Israel can be of even greater value to the United States. Though such a statement may seem counterintuitive, the argument’s details are compelling. The future that Danon envisions includes a three-state solution to the Palestinian crisis. He writes as follows: “This would entail a regional agreement with Jordan (Danon claims that Palestinians are 70% of Jordan’s population), Egypt (where Palestinians already enjoy many advantages of citizenship), and Israel that would give Palestinians land and other rights across these three areas – not land to form a distinct Palestinian state but land within the borders of these states as they exist now.” All parties would agree that Israel has a right to exist, and Israel would fight to demolish those, like Hamas and Hezbollah, that work to delegitimize and destroy the Jewish state. Does Danny Danon’s proposal have a chance? Well, stranger things have happened. It certainly is a challenge to the dead-end modes of thought that have proven their inadequacy for so many decades. For this reason, it is required reading for all who care about Israel. Philip K. Jason is Professor Emeritus of English from the United States Naval Academy. He reviews regularly for the Naples edition of Florida Weekly and for Fort Myers Magazine. Visit Phil’s website at

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By Nate Bloom, Contributing Columnist Editor’s note: Persons in BOLD CAPS are deemed by Nate Bloom to be Jewish for the purpose of the column. Persons identified as Jewish have at least one Jewish parent and were not raised in a faith other than Judaism – and don’t identify with a faith other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism, of course, are also identified as Jewish. Pro Football Round-Up, 2012-13 Following is a list of Jewish players in the National Football League (NFL) as of October 7. Jewish Sports Review (JSR) magazine helped me and this list is far more accurate than other lists that “float” around the web. GREG CAMARILLO, 30, wide receiver, New Orleans. GABE CARIMI, 24, right tackle, Chicago; ANTONIO GARAY, 32, nose tackle, San Diego; ERIK LORIG, 26, fullback, Tampa Bay; TAYLOR MAYS, 24, strong safety, Cincinnati; ADAM PODLESH, 29, punter, Chicago; GEOFF SCHWARTZ, 26, outside linebacker, Minnesota; and Geoff’s brother, rookie MITCHELL SCHWARTZ, 23, outside tackle, Cleveland. (The brothers Schwartz, Carimi and Podlesh have two Jewish parents; Garay and Mays, who were raised Jewish, and Camarillo, who was raised secular, have Jewish mothers/non-Jewish fathers; Lorig, raised secular, has a Jewish father). Veterans released in the off or preseason: KYLE KOSIER, OG, Dallas; IGOR OLSHANSKY, DE, Miami; and SAGE ROSENFELS, QB, Minnesota. (Camarillo has been repeatedly cut and re-signed by the Saints. On October 3, he was signed again.) Footnotes: Brian De la Puente, center, New Orleans, has been removed from the JSR list. To be listed, a player must have one “fully” Jewish parent and be raised Jewish or secular. De la Puente recently clarified his background: his father isn’t Jewish and his mother’s father wasn’t Jewish. His maternal grandma was Jewish. The player considers himself “nothing” in a religious sense. Also: Wikipedia, the online user-edited encyclopedia, has “made up” what JSR says about Adam Goldberg, tackle, MN. Goldberg’s father is Jewish, but he was raised in his mother’s Christian faith. Goldberg’s bio article now says that JSR reported that Goldberg now “considers himself Jewish.” JSR has NEVER reported this.

Barrymore Joining the Tribe Last June, actress Drew Barrymore, 36, and art consultant WILL KOPELMAN, 33, wed in a Reform Jewish ceremony. Just before the wedding, Barrymore’s press agent denied tabloid reports that she was going to convert to Judaism. However, on September 23, The Sunday Telegraph, a fairly reliable Australian paper, published what seems to be a totally “legit” recent interview with Barrymore. The article says: “Kopelman’s father is the former CEO of Chanel and he was brought up in a traditional Jewish family. Barrymore is in the process of converting.” Barrymore is then quoted as saying: “The religion [Judaism] as a faith is so beautiful and it’s so much about family being together, first and foremost. I subscribe to that so much in my own life, so that’s a really wonderful and easy transition.” In the same interview, Barrymore said this about her husband: “I love art so much and it’s great to be with somebody that works in that world and appreciates art and teaches me about things when we go to museums and galleries. When you have common interests with someone, although our upbringings are very different and we’re quite different people, for us, art is a brilliant bridge.” (Barrymore gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter named OLIVE, on September 26.) Twitter Holiday Greetings Here are some celebrity Rosh Hashanah tweets I found: Gold medalist ALY RAISMAN, 18 (“Happy Jewish New Year to all”); Entourage actress EMMANUELLE CHRIQUI, 34 (“Shana Tova to all who celebrate the Jewish new year...wishing you only sweet things this year and always...have a beautiful holiday”); PAULA ABDUL, 50 (“I’m looking forward to a lovely Rosh Hashanah”); Singer LISA LOEB, 44 (“L’Shana Tova! Have a sweet new year. Time for apples and honey.”); LARRY KING, 78 (“From my Jewish heart to all of you - a very happy Jewish

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Kristallnacht: The Point of No Return, November 1938 By Paul R. Bartrop, PhD, Director, Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies, Florida Gulf Coast University


ovember 9-10 marks the 74th anniversary of the event in 1938 known as Kristallnacht. It was the most extensive act of Nazi persecution against the Jews prior to the outbreak of World War II. After all those years, what more needs to be said about that awful night, and the days and weeks that folDr. Paul Bartrop lowed? The night was dubbed by Nazis as the “Night of Broken Glass,” or “Night of Crystals” (Kristallnacht). It was a term intended to humiliate the Jews; yes, the term we use today is a Nazi term of derision against the Jews, introduced by Hermann Goering amid much laughter. What was it about this event that prompted such desperation on the part of the Jews still remaining in Germany (which now included Austria and the German-speaking areas of Czechoslovakia, the Sudetenland)?

The event itself was far from spontaneous. The Nazi pogrom took place against Jewish stores, synagogues and community centers in what the Nazis referred to as “retaliation” for the fatal wounding of the Third Secretary of the German Embassy in Paris, Ernst vom Rath, by a sixteen-year-old Jewish youth, Hershel Grynszpan. Grynszpan’s parents and sister, originally from Poland, had earlier been forcibly relocated across the border between Germany and Poland, and were living in destitute and squalid conditions in the no-man’s land between the two countries. Frustrated and angry to the point of distraction, on November 7, 1938, Grynszpan sought to raise the consciousness of the world to the injustice meted out to his family and the two thousand other Jews who were in the same situation. Hence his action, driven by desperation, in shooting vom Rath in Paris. It was an act born out of despair, and it had terrible consequences for the Jews of Germany. The Nazis saw it as a wonderful opportunity to launch a pogrom against the Jews, the better to intimidate them

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into leaving, once and for all. Quickly labeling Grynszpan’s act as the work of a criminal Jewish conspiracy, they arranged for the “punishment” of German Jewry through a wholesale pogrom against all Jews in the Reich. The attacks were carefully orchestrated. In 24 hours of street violence, 91 Jews were killed. More than 30,000 – one in ten of all Jews still remaining in Germany after five years of Nazi rule – were arrested and sent to concentration camps. Before most of them were released two to three months later, as many as one thousand had been murdered, 244 in Buchenwald alone. A further 8,000 Jews were evicted from Berlin; they included children from orphanages, patients from hospitals, and elderly folk from retirement homes. Eight hundred and fifteen shops and 29 major department stores owned by Jews were destroyed, and more than 260 synagogues and cemeteries were vandalised. In addition, it has been estimated that more than 7,500 Jewishowned businesses were attacked. The actual cost of the damages inflicted was more than 25,000,000 Reichmarks, for which the Jews themselves were held liable by the Nazis, as well as a fine of more than one billion Reichmarks as “reparations.” The possibility that there could ever be an accommodation reached with Nazism – a hope long held by many – now vanished for Germany’s Jews, and the painful truth which they had for so

long tried to avoid broke through: they were being forced to quit the country and would have to leave Germany for other lands. Prior to Kristallnacht many could not face up to that awful reality. Some have termed the November pogrom “the day the Holocaust began,” the day after which nothing could ever be the same again for the Jews of Germany. It was certainly a turning point, a point of no return, following which the Jews could hold no illusions as to how the Nazis viewed the Jewish presence in the Nazi state – namely, that they would not be considered as members of the community, to be isolated, reduced to second-class subjects (not considered as citizens), and encouraged at every opportunity to leave – by force, if need be. t is ironic – and tragic – that the parashah for that week in November 1938 was Parashat Lech Lecha, describing one of the most dramatic acts the Torah has to offer us. Here, God instructs Abraham to “go,” or “leave” – to leave his native land and his father’s house for a land that God would show him, promising to make of him a great nation, bless him, make his name great, bless those who blessed him, and curse those who cursed him. Following God’s command, at age 75, Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and his entire estate, and began to “walk the land.” How prescient! After November


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continued from previous page 1938, this was what the vast majority of Jews remaining in Nazi Germany tried to do – though, as we know, the way was to be barred for them on so many occasions, and in so many ways, that Chaim Weizmann, later the first President of Israel, was known to make the famous statement that the world was at that time divided into two places: those where Jews could not live, and those where Jews could not enter. It is worth keeping this in mind as we reflect on the events of the night of November 9, 1938. Our tradition tells us on so many occasions that we must love the stranger as ourselves, for we were strangers in the land of Egypt. This mitzvah is tailor-made for our reflections with regard to Kristallnacht – indeed, of all Jewish history. We do know the heart of a stranger, for we were strangers in Egypt – and under the Nazis, if I may develop a metaphor, Germany became an Egypt of the most destructive and obnoxious kind.

It remains imperative for all of us to keep in mind that as a people we were chosen – not to be victims, but to uphold God’s Law, fulfill God’s mitzvot and, above all, never lose sight of the moral teachings that provide the inspiration for our own behavior. Our recollection of the November pogrom known as Kristallnacht shows us that we must at all times be aware of why we must never lose sight of those teachings. There were once those who set themselves up to be gods, to be the masters of life and death, to set generations against each other, to covet, to kill, to bear false witness, and to otherwise desecrate the moral foundation of what we would consider to be a godly life. This is not the Jewish way, as we know; and this is why we recollect Kristallnacht. We know, because of that event, where the corruption of Western civilization, and the values upon which it rests, can lead. And it is to combating this that we must continually dedicate and rededicate ourselves.

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Ke-zohar HaIvrit Ho-da-ya: Hebrew for Thanksgiving By Dr. Rachel Zohar Dulin


n the spirit of Thanksgiving Day, we reflect with gratitude about the blessings of life. In Hebrew, Thanksgiving Day is called Yom Haho-da-ya. Yom means ‘day,’ and ho-daya means ‘thanksgiving.’ The particle ha attached to the word ho-da-ya is the definite article ‘the.’ Thus, the Hebrew indicates that Yom Ha-ho-da-ya is not just any day, but rather it is an exclusive day designated for gratitude and praise. It is not surprising that the pilgrims who came to America and were immersed in biblical traditions and practices, established a day of praise and thanksgiving in the spirit of the biblical teachings. Only they chose a thanksgiving day of their own. The closest biblical holiday in time and season to the American Thanksgiv-

ing is Succot, the popular holiday we just celebrated with joy as we closed the circle of the autumn cyclical holidays. In celebrating Succot, Jews follow in the footsteps of their forefathers of biblical times, joining the universal chorus of toda, the offerings of thanksgiving to God for the bountiful harvest of autumn. In Hebrew, toda means ‘thanks.’ Toda is a feminine noun derived from the root y.d.h (yod, dalet, hey) which has multiple meanings. It means ‘to give thanks,’ ‘to praise,’ ‘to laud,’ as well as ‘to confess.’ Interestingly, in the Bible the root y.d.h is used more than ten times to mean ‘confession’ (Ps 32:5, Prov 28:13, Neh 1:6 and more). Special sacrifices were designated by the priests for the one who came to The Temple to confess

before God, and no doubt, to thank God with gifts of toda (Lev 5:5;7:13;16:21, Num 5:7, Dan 9:20, Neh 1:6, Ez 10:1, and more). Yet, the most familiar concept derived of the verb y.d.h, is the noun toda, in the meaning of gratitude and thanks. As such, toda appears in the Bible over thirty times. It seems, then, that the American pilgrims, and those who followed them, established a tradition based on the familiar cultural and religious custom of old, giving toda and expressing ho-da-ya (also rooted in y.d.h.) for the bounty bestowed upon them from Above. Not surprising, many phrases of thanksgiving were formed in biblical days based on this verb and they are still an integral part of the Hebrew language. Phrase such as: Hodu la Adonai ki tov,

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Hadassah publishes book, sharing stories of organization’s impact on members’ lives


n celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Thin Threads: Real Stories of Hadassah Life Changing Moments, was produced to celebrate the stories of those individuals whose lives have been irrevocably, positively changed through their connection to Hadassah. Since its founding in 1912, Hadassah has had more than a million members and supporters. This book highlights the stories of 101 of them. Thin Threads commemorates how Hadassah has touched the lives of individuals through personal stories told in their own voices. The book contains accounts of turning points in people’s lives, lifelong friendships, and contributions that have bettered society and the world. The book is illustrated with archival and contemporary photographs that portray Hadassah’s positive impact on the lives of the Jewish people and the organization’s important role in Israel, including through the Hadassah Medical Organization, which includes two university hospital campuses in Jerusalem. “The opportunity to unite the very personal stories of people – across time and over continents – who have been touched by Hadassah, with the organization’s official centennial chronology is unique and special,” said Roselle Ungar, Thin Threads Chair. “This inspiring book isn’t just for the people who have been touched directly by this

life-changing organization, but also for anyone who understands that one person, encouraged and motivated by the people around her, can truly change the world.” The book is a part of Hadassah’s year of centennial anniversary celebrations, which culminated at a national convention in Jerusalem in October. “In this beautiful book – a book to read, share and pass down to your children – I read about families where the Hadassah thread went from mother to daughter, grandmother to granddaughter, great-grandmother to greatgranddaughter,” said Frieda Rosenberg, Centennial co-Coordinator. “I read about remarkable Hadassah-led missions to Israel and encounters with people whose names fill history books. I read stories of how Hadassah touched lives of women in other countries and inspired them to do great things. There are stories of women who made important career decisions in their younger years and of women who made dramatic professional life changes in their later years – all because of some sort of Hadassah connection. “The stories in the book resonate so deeply with me that I feel they are also my stories. The stories belong to the authors but are a part of every Hadassah member’s Hadassah diary.” Thin Threads was compiled and edited by Stacey K. Battat, creator of the Thin Threads series of books, and Ellin Yassky, a veteran editor/book producer

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The station is always open From the Bimah Rabbi Jonathan R. Katz, Temple Beth Israel


hat religion is increasingly disparaged as an irrational, divisive, specious series of mere myths is no secret. But with so many tensions around the world identified with faith claims, the tendency for many to buy into the notion that religion is more a problem than it’s worth, shouldn’t be surprising. However, religious interpretation and practice is hardly monolithic. One individual’s comprehension and experience of it is often quite different from another’s. This is true among religions and, just as significantly, within them. Since baleful views of religion tend to grab the headlines, fill television screens and stir the blogosphere, faith orientations can be unfairly distorted

and depreciated, fostering dismissive attitudes toward one’s religion. This is not only regrettable but also self-defeating because, seen through a lens untainted by perceived narrow-mindedness, antiquation and irrelevance, religion can be a source of enduring value. Religion is so often portrayed in such sweepingly tendentious terms that it is difficult, even for those who take immense pride in it, to recognize its genuine possibility for insight and inspiration. It cannot be emphasized enough that Judaism doesn’t require us to suspend our capacity for critical thinking at the synagogue door. Certainly not. To paraphrase Einstein’s famous words, religion without inquiry is blind, but inquiry without religion is lame. I believe in God, but probably not in the way others do. I do not so much call out to God, but listen for Him calling out to me. I don’t expect God to personally cure cancer, prevent drunk drivers from getting on the road or knock off genocidal dictators, but I do hope I will be ever conscious of the power He has implanted in us to accomplish such things. Some Jews believe that because the Torah is God’s absolute word, everything in it is virtually infallible. Therefore all commandments, whenever possible, must be followed to the letter, if not more so.

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But for me, Torah marks a beginning point, not a fully completed text that, having been signed, sealed and delivered ages ago is authoritatively binding at all times and for all time. This starting point involves posing ultimate questions regarding the human condition and discovering our own life themes timelessly woven through, and played out in the lives of our scriptural ancestors. It is then manifested when the sheer wonder of our magnificently created world prompts the cultivation of redemptive acts to secure its integrity and fulfill its potential. Sure, we could make Shakespeare our starting point. But there aren’t any Shakespearean communities, per se, that exist. A comprehensive tradition of Shakespearean study would have to be established, and considerable human and physical resources marshaled, before it could even come close to approaching the exquisite scaffolding of learning Judaism has built. In offering this point of intellectual and spiritual departure, I conceive of the Torah as a kind of train station where trains are leaving all the time. It doesn’t really matter which you take, just that you board one. Though heading off in varied directions, the trains are all, actually, destined for the same place. However, our understanding and experience of that destination will be at once the same and different for each of us. Once on the train, all you need to do is start looking out the window. You then commence sharing observations and queries you have about the passing landscape with the other passengers in the compartment and you’re on your

way. To where? To wherever those observations, queries and ensuing conversations take you. A tremendous, busy facility with endless tracks, travelers seem to walk through the station with a knowing bounce in their step. They appear content and enlightened. They’re either on their way to a captivating place or have just returned from one. There are those who will tell you the Torah station has broken down, that the overgrown tracks are quite rusty and the decrepit trains don’t really go anywhere exciting or stimulating these days. But this isn’t true. The station is as glorious as it has always been. The tracks are in excellent shape and the sleek trains are leaving continuously to fascinating destinations. The problem isn’t that the station is outdated. It’s just many people don’t seem as interested in religious travel as they once were, and those that are, feel newer, seemingly more contemporary and trendy modes of transportation must be better. So too, the Torah station managers engaged in over-promoting the value of simply maintaining the station at the expense of actually showing where connections could be made. They also weren’t sensitive to the fact that with a station so vast and challenging to maneuver, at least at first, people often needed to be personally escorted to their track. Nevertheless, progressive Judaism’s conception of Torah continues to run on solid tracks, offering revealing journeys for those willing to adventure along them. It is always open for travel if you are.

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Campus to Career: graduates seek work in Israel By Jaime Sloane, Israel Campus Beat Reporter


hen Joanna Lieberman was preparing for graduation from Cornell University five years ago, her career options were unsettling. Dreaming of a job in the hospitality industry but lacking a degree in the field, she realized she needed handson work experience before pursuing a full-time position. Lieberman, along with thousands of other American college graduates, turned to Israel’s growing employment market for an answer. “People are realizing the opportunities in Israel to get hands-on career experience in industries that are doing cutting-edge work,” she said. “Israel is known for its booming tourism industry and it seemed like the perfect place for me to test out working in the field.” Lieberman’s hands-on work experience came from working with Career Israel, Masa Israel Journey’s five-month professional internship program that allows college graduates to explore their fields of interest. In addition to a life spent embracing her Jewish heritage, she points to her involvement with Israel-on-campus activities as a driving factor behind moving to Israel after she graduated. Participating in her Hillel’s Israel activities, she said, kept her feel-

ing connected to the country. Lieberman’s story is far from uncommon; since 2007, more than 1,200 graduates have taken internship positions in Israel with Masa Israel’s rapidly growing program. It’s no surprise that students are looking to Israel for career opportunities, in light of the ongoing weak domestic job market in the U.S. A recent Associated Press report found that more than half of America’s recent college graduates are unemployed or working in jobs that do not use their skills. “As students and recent graduates continue to face a difficult job market, they are looking for ways to continue developing their career and also to stand out,” Masa Israel Director of Communications Miranda Bogen said. “Coming to Israel on internship and even volunteer programs offers them international professional experiences that are usually much more substantial than entry-level positions in the U.S.” Between the underwhelming number of job opportunities at home and a love for Israel, the decision to work in Israel has been easy for some recent college graduates, including University of Florida graduate Robert Yanks. Yanks was bitten by the Israel bug

after he went on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip organized by his school’s Hillel. Being surrounded by his classmates in Israel not only solidified his love for the country, but also landed him a job offer in Israel. A friend Yanks met on Birthright put him in contact with internetstartup company Moolta, and soon after he was hired as its regional marketing director. “I wanted to choose a job in Israel to experience a different way of living and to travel before life became too hectic,” he said. “I think it’s amazing what the country has accomplished; it’s almost a miracle in the middle of a desert. Just being able to support the country by living here may have made my decision to come a little easier.” Yanks is three months deep into his Israel stay and will return to the U.S. in November to launch domestic marketing initiatives for the company. He says his work in Israel has broadened his professional knowledge while simultaneously allowing him a living experience unlike any other. “There’s a different feeling here unlike any other country I’ve been to and that’s what makes Israel so appealing to the American student,” Yanks said. “I think the main reason why students take jobs in Israel after college is because it’s so easy to fall in love with the country and its people. Life moves at a different pace here. People of Israel know how to truly appreciate everything around

them, and they all realize that nothing is simply given.” Unlike Yanks, who realized his interest in Israel toward the end of college, Illinois State University graduate Tess Sevelow-Lee made her Israel decision early on during her extensive Israel-oncampus involvement. An active StandWithUs campus leader, Sevelow-Lee spent her college career creating and distributing an ‘Israel 101’ presentation which teachers and faculty used to introduce Israel to Jewish and non-Jewish students. “My involvement in college was the catalyst for my move,” she said. “I realized that while I was in the States, just talking about my love for this country wasn’t enough. I needed to be here.” She moved to Israel with the Masa Israel Journey program, spending five months working at coexistence organization Sulha. Three years later, she’s still encouraging students to learn about Israel while working in Tel Aviv as a recruitment coordinator for Israel Experience. “I think students are coming to Israel post-university because it offers them the opportunity to be a part of something that’s foreign but entirely familiar,” she said. “It’s that feeling of knowing you belong, you’re not entirely sure why, but you simply know you do.” Visit for the latest Israel trends and events on campus.

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The Jewish Agency expands presence on college campuses



Israel Fellows to Hillel to help students on 70 North American campuses connect to Israel and speak out for the Jewish state


he Jewish Agency for Israel has bolstered the ranks of its campus emissaries for the 2012-2013 academic year. There are now 56 Israel Fellows on 70 North American campuses (including five in Canada), up from 50 Fellows last year. Trained and recruited by The Jewish Agency, these fellows help students connect to the Jewish state and respond to anti-Israel activity. On campus, Jewish Agency Israel Fellows to Hillel function as Hillel staffers. They inspire individual students to connect to Israel and recruit them to participate in Israel experiences, including Birthright Israel and many longer-term programs affiliated with The Jewish Agency’s Masa initiative. Once students return from Israel, fellows keeps them engaged. And they empower the students to organize and lead Israel-based programming on campus. Launched in 2003, during the aftermath of the second intifada, this strategic partnership between The Jewish Agency and Hillel’s national organization has created a multi-faceted Israel engagement campaign through the entire Hillel system. The environment for Jewish students on campus is becoming increasingly difficult. The anti-Israel sentiment has gone mainstream, which deters many Jewish students from indentifying with Judaism in a proud and public way. As a result, many motivated and informed students – including those who do travel to Israel – quickly lose their resolve to speak up when Israel comes under attack. “These students and their connection to Israel are essential to our vibrant

Jewish future,” said Ronen Weiss, The Jewish Agency’s national Hillel emissary. As anti-Israel groups have built momentum on campus and hostile faculty members have found greater acceptance campus-wide, the number of Israel fellows has grown steadily from six emissaries in 2003 to more than 50 today. Typically, Israel Fellows are charismatic young professionals in their late 20s, and they are highly-skilled at presenting modern Israel through the lens of its socially progressive values and its accomplishments in technology, life sciences and the arts. The Jewish Agency has trained the Fellows to work with students in a supportive fashion and to help them grapple with complex issues and realities that are often emotional and may seem contradictory. “Jewish students need to be engaged with Israel through the vitality and appeal of their young Israeli peers,” Weiss said. “By focusing on social engagement, we can foster in these students a sense of pride and passion in their connection to the Jewish people.” In the past year, Israel Fellows have empowered students to organize against calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel (BDS); they have mobilized student-led responses to campus visits by hostile speakers; and they have successfully advocated for the reinstatement of Israeli universities on rosters of approved study abroad options. The Fellows also led volunteer delegations to the developing world and played a key leadership role in Talk Israel, a nationwide initiative where centrally-located tents popped up on


dozens of campuses. Inside these tents, Jewish students – as well as non-Jews – hosted programs that showcased Israel’s contemporary culture. Campuses where students are now working with Jewish Agency Israel Fellows to Hillel for the first time include: University of Michigan, University of Virginia, University of Connecticut, University of Pittsburgh, University of Cincinnati, Johns Hopkins, Yale, Washington University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Virginia Tech, and Queens University of Canada. About The Jewish Agency for Israel Investing in a vibrant Jewish future, The Jewish Agency for Israel continues to address the greatest challenges of our People in every generation. We connect the global Jewish family, bringing Jews to Israel, and Israel to Jews. We build a better society in Israel and beyond, energizing young Israelis and their worldwide peers to rediscover a collective sense of Jewish purpose. At the same time, The Jewish Agency continues to be the Jewish world’s first responder, prepared to rescue and bring Jews home to Israel from countries where they live at-risk. More information can be obtained at About Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Visit The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee funded this program through Hillels of the Florida Suncoast for all area college campuses.

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emple Beth Sholom announces wonderful new programs based upon a remembrance of two crucial 20th century Jewish historical events, the Holocaust and the pioneering of the Kibbutzim in Israel. The first program is called The Remember Me Tree Orchard at Temple Beth Sholom. This program was initiated to memorialize Holocaust survivors as witnesses age and pass away.

One way to never forget is by planting a fruit-bearing tree in remembrance of an innocent child who perished in the Holocaust. After selecting a child’s name from the Yad Vashem database of children, you can remember that child by planting a tree. The second program is the Organic Kibbutz Garden on our campus, where our goal is to grow more food, contributing to the sustainability of our

community, following the example of the Kibbutzim in Israel. Children are taught how Kibbutzim began growing their own fruits and vegetables sustainably in Israel, just as the country was reclaimed from the desert.  These programs are available at TBS to all – young and old – as we continue this educational Jewish program based on the Jewish principles of tikkun olam.

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Camp Barney Medintz sets open house in Sarasota


amp Barney Medintz, the summer resident camp of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, will present a musical slide production and presentation for returning and new “Camp Barney” families from Sarasota and Bradenton on Monday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Sarasota Bay. Jim Mittenthal, M.S.W., Camp Director, will meet with families, answer questions pertaining to the 2013 summer camp season, and provide applications for registration. Camp Barney Medintz, located in the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains on over 500 wooded acres surrounding two private lakes, serves 1,200 boys and girls from SarasotaBradenton, throughout the Southeast, and 25 states from coast-to-coast. According to Mr. Mittenthal, it is “very exciting that we’ve added Sarasota to our fall presentation schedule,” along with nearly a dozen other cities.

The setting at Camp Barney facilitates “every imaginable activity,” including water skiing, hydro-tubing, wake boarding, swimming, paddle boarding, canoeing, the “Iceberg,” the “Rave” water trampoline, leaping off the “Blob,” soaring down the 180-foot “Hurricane” water slide, horseback riding, campouts, “zipping” over 1,000 feet across Lake Wendy, whitewater rafting, tennis, all land/court sports,

theatre, crafts, music, Israeli culture, dance, radio, video, camper cooking classes, mountain biking, climbing the adjacent Appalachian Trail, and a series of high-adventure rock climbing, rappelling and ropes courses. Specific age groups may also enjoy fencing, karate, ceramics or scuba diving! Camp Barney, celebrating its 51st summer season, has created “a unique community that is all about adventure and self discovery, exhilarating activities and exciting events, being in a strong culturally Jewish environment (kosher) with special friends, all under the supervision of a carefully selected group of mature, talented, conscientious, loving and enthusiastic staff,” said Mr. Mittenthal. Camp Barney an-

nually develops new construction projects to improve its spectacular mountain facility. Recent additions include a major cultural and performing arts complex, an exciting new sports complex, a “Food Network”-type camper kitchen, and the brand new Marcus Health Center. Inquiries about the 2013 summer season are again far exceeding previous years, and each of the two- and fourweek sessions is likely to fill to capacity very rapidly. For more information about Camp Barney programs, Family Camps, staff opportunities, or other CBM adventures, please call the camp office in Atlanta at 770.395.2554. The Jewish Federation of SarasotaManatee provides overnight camp incentive grants. For more information, please contact Amber Ikeman at 941.371.4546 x105 or aikeman@, or visit www.TheJewish

New children’s exhibit at Jewish Museum of Florida


he Jewish Museum of Florida is excited to present its first ever, fully interactive exhibit especially for children, From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America. The exhibit is specially designed for ages 6 to 12 and allows children and their families to experience the process of moving to a new home.

Where to Go: Children use a map and calculator to determine how long different journey’s will take

From Home to Home explores issues related to relocating to a new land, such as leaving behind the familiarity of neighborhoods, schools, friends, food and language. The exhibit uses the Jewish immigration experience as an example of the acculturation process of people from all backgrounds and cultures, exploring the similarities and challenges people faced. Examples of interactive activities include: ‹‹ Using a real scale to weigh tangible arguments for staying or leaving their home ‹‹ Participating in a family conversation in Germany in the wake of the Nuremberg Laws of the 1930s ‹‹ Deciding which items are truly important to take and packing them into a small trunk ‹‹ Shopping in a supermarket where everything is in a foreign language ‹‹ Trying to fit a family of 10 into a small apartment ‹‹ Finding their way to school ‹‹ Building a neighborhood and decid-

ing on the character of a community through a democratic process ‹‹ “Americanizing” products brought from their countries of origin From Home to Home has 28 colorful modules with hands-on activities that help children discover themes, including: ‹‹ Why Move? ‹‹ Where to Go? ‹‹ What to Take? ‹‹ New Beginnings ‹‹ Helping Each Other ‹‹ Change and Influence Since Florida is a state of immigrants, with more than 155 ethnic groups represented in local schools, nearly everyone’s family, in some generation, has experienced moving to a new country. The exhibit compliments the Museum’s core exhibit, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida. From Home to Home will inspire visitors of all ages and backgrounds to learn more about their own family origins. It also serves as a valuable tool for encouraging discussion around kitchen tables and in classrooms of how we are all more alike than different, to help dispel stereotyping and bigotry.

Why Move: Children listen to a radio of a taped family discussion set in Germany after the Nuremberg laws with a game deciding whether to stay or leave the country

Complementary programs on the exhibit themes include a statewide creative writing contest for grades 2 through 12, panel discussions, cultural performances, multi-cultural food demonstrations, family days and more.

Dressing in New Clothes: Children pick clothes to wear that will help them fit in in their new country

The exhibit is on display from October 30, 2012 through January 27, 2013, and is primarily sponsored by the Publix Super Market Charities and RBC Wealth Managements. Contributors include: Isabel Bernfeld Anderson, Kenneth Bloom in memory of Dr. Harold & Mrs. Ilse Posner, Elliot and Bonnie Sockel Stone, Judy Gilbert-Gould and Gerald Gould, and Norman and Sylvia Levine (as of 9/30/12). The Jewish Museum of Florida is located at 301 Washington Avenue, South Beach. Open daily, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except Mondays, Jewish and Civil holidays. Admission: Adults/$6; Seniors/$5; Families/$12; Children Under 6/Free; Saturdays/Free. For more information, call 305.672.5044 or visit



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FOCUS ON YOUTH 25A November 2012

November 2012


Youth groups look to a busy year

TBS Schools offers courses for the 21st century student

By Shiri Rozenberg



he 2012-2013 school year has started off with a BANG! Those who attended our Family Youth Group Open House on Sunday, September 9 can tell you what an incredible time we had. With 125 people in attendance, the kids ran around the synagogue in a mad dash looking for their next location during the awesome scavenger hunt that our USY board put together. We ended the night with a beautiful candle lighting ceremony, installing the new USY board and “knighting” Sir Qusy, our new mascot. We ate yummy lasagna and filled our tummies with ice cream and all the fixin’s. This program was only the beginning of what promises to be an incredible year of

wonderful youth group programming. If you are in Kadima (grades 6-8) or USY (grades 9-12), make sure to find us on Facebook to be kept up-to-date about upcoming events, including creating a candy mural, an overnight “LockUp,” and Chanukah celebrations. These groups are open to all local youths, regardless of temple affiliation. If you’re interested in signing up for one of our youth groups – Chalutzim (grades 3-5), Kadima or USY – please email me at srozenberg@templebeth

ersonal Finance, Horticulture, and Wellness classes are now offered as part of the curriculum at Temple Beth Schools’ Goldie Feldman Academy and the Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool, geared towards grade level. These classes help inspire the students’ sense of personal responsibility. Through the Personal Finance course, students learn the importance of analyzing their personal financial decisions. Real-life scenarios and activities are integrated to facilitate understanding of how to save, invest, and grow their wealth. This course will leave students equipped with the ability to make wise spending, saving and credit decisions critical to their personal financial success. Horticulture is a course in which students experience hands-on learning while building and cultivating an organic garden. The integration of a math and science curriculum provides for a full appreciation of the benefits of healthy

living. Students plant, care for and harvest the fruits of their labor while measuring growth and studying the scientific aspects of the food source. The Wellness course focuses on how to make simple daily choices that promote healthy lifestyles. Discussions regarding nutrition, water intake, and physical activity provide the basic knowledge and foundation for students in grades 2-8 as they participate in a health study designed to track healthy behaviors throughout the school year. During this study, the life skills of short-term goal setting, building a support system, and making and achieving nutritional and physical activity commitments will be developing. Follow student progress by reading our blogs!

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Temple Emanu-El Consecration inaugurates new year of learning By Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman


emple Emanu-El Religious School students, parents and faculty marked the beginning of a new year of Jewish learning, praying and celebrating at the season’s first family Shabbat service on October 5. In conjunction with Simchat Torah, the service featured a beautiful and sweet Consecration ceremony for the religious school’s 27 new students. Called to the pulpit by their Hebrew and English names by Director of Education Sabrina Silverberg, the children received a certificate, a mini-Torah, and a special blessing from Rabbi Brenner J. Glickman. The children also led the congregation in singing the Shema. Also ascending the pulpit were the B’nai Mitzvah candidates for the year ahead, who were formally presented with personal prayer books by Ritual Chair Marian Raupp in a moving Kabbalat Siddur ceremony.

New Temple Emanu-El Religious School students Charlie and Zachary Timmons hold the Torah scroll

After the presentation, Religious School children and families joined other worshippers and celebrated God’s gift of Torah by unrolling an entire scroll around the sanctuary, chanting the blessings and listening to the closing and opening verses of the Torah, and singing and dancing with the holy scrolls throughout the sanctuary and social hall. Always open to the entire community, Temple Emanu-El’s family Shabbat services continue throughout the year and are held the first Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to this festive, lively, spiritual and joyful Shabbat Temple Emanu-El’s B’nai Mitzvah candidates receive their prayer books at the Kabbalat Siddur ceremony experience for all ages.


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t a recent Erev Shabbat service, grandmother, Audrey Danziger, who the members of Temple Beth passed away this year. Both girls described how they felt El Bradenton had the pleasure of hearing from Sydney Weiss and they have renewed their Jewish roots Shana Danziger on their recent month- and brought all of those beautiful memlong trip in Israel through NFTY ories of Israel and their heritage home (North American Federation of Temple with them, and how it has changed them forever. Youth). Sydney talked about the different people they met and how they all became a family and learned about each other. This was Shana’s second time in Israel, the first time being with her whole family as she celebrated her Bat Mitzvah. This trip was very emotional for her, as she felt as if she was reliving her time Sydney Weiss and Shana Danziger talk to the congregation in Israel with her

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40th Michael & Wendy Katz Temple Beth Sholom 40th Judy & Zvi Rogovin Temple Sinai 20th Gene & Lilia Prokupets Temple Beth Sholom 20th James & Sandra VanSuch Temple Beth Sholom 15th Sondra & Thomas Ettlinger Temple Sinai 15th Dr. Howard & Annette Fuchs Temple Emanu-El 15th Sharon & Benjamin Kunkel Temple Emanu-El

15th Marc & Lauren Schwartz Temple Beth Sholom 15th Drs. Scott & Ronni Silverman Temple Emanu-El 15th David & Ellen Simon Temple Beth Sholom 15th Jeffrey & Jessica Wasserman Temple Beth Sholom 10th Brian & Erica Rell Temple Beth Sholom 5th Gregory & Alexandra Band Temple Beth Sholom

B’NAI MITZVAH Zachary Bockler, son of Nan & Steven, Nov. 9-10, Temple Emanu-El Gabriella Hazan, daughter of Guiliano & Lael, Nov. 10, Temple Beth Sholom Cindy Gilburne and Eve Moor, Adult B’not Mitzvah, Nov. 16, Temple Emanu-El Harrison Lichtenstein, son of Richard & Lara, Nov. 17, Temple Beth Sholom Alexa Tadelman, daughter of Sheryl & Lee: Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, Temple Emanu-El

IN MEMORIAM Gloria Bregg, 75, of Sarasota, Sep. 6 Francine Cetron, of Longboat Key, Aug. 27 Phyllis S. Goldstein, 82, of Longboat Key, formerly of Salem and Swampscott, MA, Sep. 16 Josephine Winick Hurwitz, 86, of Lakewood Ranch, formerly of Newton Centre, MA, Sep. 7 Marvin Kane, 80, of Sarasota, Aug. 28 Sally B. Kaplan, 94, of Sarasota, formerly of West Orange, NJ, Aug. 17 Charlotte Kotzen, 92, of Sarasota and Lowell, MA, Sep. 12 Charles Lalin, 74, of University Park, FL, Sep. 10 Ada Weinberg Leinwand, 87, of Sarasota, formerly of Valley Stream, NY, Sep. 20 Susan Astrin Levy, of Sarasota, Sep. 11 Selma N. Mannheimer, 80, of Sarasota, formerly of Cleveland, OH, Aug. 30 Sidney Robbins, 95, of Cortez, Aug. 25 Brenda Elaine Schneider, 70, of Palmetto, formerly of Peoria, IL, and Wilmington, NC, Sep. 8 Robert “Bob” Alan Singer, 89, Sarasota, Sep. 11 Harold Stemerman, 82, of Sarasota, Sep. 8 William “Bill” Tarragon, 100, of Sarasota, Sep. 6 Raye Weinberg, 88, of Sarasota, Sep. 12

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ZOA-Sarasota invites you to a free screening of the informative and entertaining film U.N. Me. Join us as filmmaker Ami Horowitz takes us on a harrowing, yet often hilarious, trip through the farcical world of the United Nations. This free event begins at 7:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, contact the Zionist Organization of America, Sarasota-Manatee Chapter at info@ or visit

Current and prospective Weinstein Religious School families are invited to a Family Shabbat Dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. The dinner will create community and camaraderie among parents and families as they learn and enjoy Shabbat traditions. The cost is $36 per family. For more information or to register, call 941.925.0770 or email

“The Joy of Kosher Cooking” - Mandel Bread You definitely can’t find Mandel Bread (the Jewish biscotti) in this part of town, so why not come and learn how to make your own. Luisa Goldman, baker extraordinaire, will give you all the tips you need to know! Also, learn about some great Jewish feminine heroes who have impacted Jewish life today. Join the Jewish Women’s Circle (JWC) at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. Cost: $10 for JWC members; $12 for nonmembers. (A $36 membership fee includes a beautifully bound cookbook of all the recipes presented throughout the year.) For more information, please contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or

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saturdAY, november 3 Michael Bielski presents “Choosing Life” The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism welcomes Michael Bielski (pictured) as its Kristallnacht Service’s speaker. Michael is the son of Tuvia Bielski, partisan commander and guiding light of the Bielski Otriad, a group of resistance fighters who escaped the Nazis and lived in the Belorussian forests for three years. During that time, he and his two brothers offered shelter, protection and survival for over 1,200 Jewish women, children and men. Tuvia’s story was the focus of the movie Defiance. Michael will speak on “Choosing Life” at 10:30 a.m. at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. The public is welcome. For more information, call 941.929.7771 or visit

Temple Beth Sholom’s Shabbat Shmooze Temple Beth Sholom and the Israel Support Committee are pleased to announce a very special presentation on the Masorti Movement in Israel. Don Jacobson (pictured), former head of the Masorti Community of Karmiel, Israel, will speak during Shabbat morning services and then again during an extended Shabbat Schmooze after our kiddush. Please join us for what promises to be a very engaging and enriching experience. This free event is open to the public and begins at 1:15 p.m. at 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, call 941.955.8121.


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The Sara-Mana Chapter of ORT America is having its semiannual used book sale in front of Publix on Market St. in Lakewood Ranch. The sale will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our working hours will be from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (two-hour shifts). If you would like to help sell books let us know. If you have any books to donate, please bring them the morning of the sale. If you need to drop them off before the sale, let us know and we will tell you where you can drop them. Monies raised go directly to ORT’s educational programs. For more information, contact Gail Edelman (941.907.0526 or or Lucy Bricker (941.907.6604 or

Chabad Men’s Club Breakfast “Club 770,” also known as the Chabad Men’s Club, will be hosting a breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. It will feature Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight, who will present “Illegal Immigration, Jail Capacity, the Budget, and Other Challenges.” Enjoy the best kosher breakfast in Sarasota, including Izzy’s Famous scrambled eggs, and onions, bagels, lox, cream cheese, and whitefish salad. Men and women welcome. Cost: $5 per person. For more information or to register, call 941.925.0770 or email

JWV visits Jewish cemeteries Members of Jewish War Veterans Sarasota Post 172 will place flags on graves at Jewish cemeteries in Sarasota and Venice beginning at 10:00 a.m. For more information and a schedule, call Mike Zimmer at 941.921.4740.

JLI course: “The Kabbalah of You” Sponsored by

The Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) course entitled “The Kabbalah of You - A Guide to Unlocking Your Hidden Potential,” is truly thought provoking. The six-week course will present a journey of discovery in which we will ask – and answer – the most fundamental question of all: Who is the mysterious being at the heart of what it is to be you? This course, led by Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, is offered at three different times: Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road; and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the Jewish Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. The cost is $75 per person or $139 per couple. To register, call the Chabad office at 941.925.0770. This course is also being held at Chabad of Bradenton. See the article on page 8A.

Adult Education general interest meeting Congregation Ner Tamid invites members and friends to an informal meeting about the details of its new educational program. Courses include “Jewish History,” “Basic Judaism,” “Prayer Book Hebrew” (Hebrew knowledge NOT required) and “Bar/Bat Mitzvah...Your Way,” for adults 17 years and up. The intensive 10-week program accommodates busy schedules. The meeting will take place from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. at The Lodge, 4802 B 26th St. W., Bradenton. For information and directions, call Elaine Mittler at 941.755.1231 or email

Kadima celebrates National Candy Day

American pianist Jeffery Siegel’s concert-with-commentary format in which lively, captivating remarks precede virtuoso performances of piano masterpieces. Shows begin at 8:00 pm in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus.

Show your creative side and enter the Candy Mural Competition of a lifetime! What can you create using every color (and flavor of) candy imaginable? This event runs from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. Open to students in grades 6-8 only. Too old to participate? Contact Shiri about the USY overnight Lock-Up for high school students on Saturday, November 10. Too young? Join Chalutzim as they celebrate National Sundae Day on Sunday, November 11 at 12:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Shiri Rozenberg at 941.524.5895 or

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Join the JWC for an afternoon of inspiration and camaraderie at an elegant High Tea, featuring a panel of Jewish heroines. Hats preferred! This event begins at 1:00 p.m. at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard. Cost: $31 for JWC members; $36 for nonmembers. Call 941.752.3030 for more information.

The Ariel Quartet at Temple Sinai The Ariel Quartet, internationally acclaimed musicians, will be performing a free concert at 3:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. The group – all youngsters at the time – formed in Israel in 2004, and have since traveled the world for their studies and concerts. They are alumni of the esteemed Perlman Music Program and are part of the Emerging Artist Performance Series. The public is welcome. For more information, call 941.924.1802 or email

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Interactive Torah study

Temple Emanu-El’s “Lunch with the Rabbi”

Led by Tuvia Natkin, who has been teaching Torah for more than 30 years, this course offers participants an opportunity for weekly Torah discussions centered upon the meanings to be derived from the assigned text and the application of Torah to our daily lives in 21st century America. Specific texts will be selected based on their relevance to the contemporary Torah reader. This course, which began October 15, takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays for 10 weeks. It is a continuation of the summer program initiated this year at Kol HaNeshama, and takes place at the home of Ann & Bob Lieberman, 8781 Misty Creek Drive, Sarasota. Course cost: $36 members, $50 nonmembers. For more information, email Arnie Binderman at

Are you looking for a great lunch date? Join Rabbi Brenner Glickman and plenty of friendly, interesting companions for lunch, socializing, and discussion of current events and subjects of Jewish interest. All are invited at noon at Temple Emanu-El, 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Attendees are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch and are also welcome to bring a newspaper article or suggested topic for discussion. Homemade desserts are provided. No cost. For more information, call 941.371.2788.

Keeping the Dream Alive Join us for a dessert reception with an exclusive performance by the singers of Sarasota Opera to benefit the Benevolent Care Program of the Jewish Housing Council Foundation. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue S., Sarasota. Cost: $100 per person. To RSVP or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Denise Cotler at 941.377.0781 x404 or

tuesdAY, november 6 GulfsidePalm ORT Musical Chairs Luncheon ORT invites guests to its Annual Musical Chairs Luncheon for a patriotic “red, white and blue” event on election day. Everyone changes tables at each course. This is a great event to meet people. The luncheon features Betty Comora & Great Jazz Babies for a personal tribute to great jazz ladies from Fanny Brice to Diana Krall. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Mattison’s 41 (7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota). Tickets are $30. Checks (payable to ORT America) must be mailed to Alice Cotman by October 31 to assure a seat. Contact Alice at 941.359.6451 or


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Temple Beth Sholom’s Interesting Lives Series Edie Jacobs will talk about her experiences as an underground fighter for Betar, the youth group for the Irgun, prior to the formation of the State of Israel in 1948. Trained as a soldier, Edie – an ardent Zionist – worked in the United States to help make the State of Israel a reality. Come and learn about her exciting exploits. This free event is open to the public and begins at 1:15 p.m. in the Band/Desenberg Chapel, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Judy Lebowich at 941.371.4686 or

LIVE from NY’s 92nd St Y Joseph Stiglitz (pictured), Professor at Columbia University, will present “Where Do We Go From Here?” Stiglitz is the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, a lead author of the 1995 International Panel on Climate Change report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and co-chair of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. His book, The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future, looks at the damage our economic inequality is doing to our nation’s political system, our economic system and our policies. (DVD from LIVE October simulcast.) This event begins at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. Tickets are $5 (free for TBI members). For more information, call 941.383.3428 or email

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thursdAY, november 8 Children of Aging Parents Support Group - Sarasota The support group offers emotional support, affirmation, understanding and socialization as well as assistance with community resources for individuals who are serving as caregivers for aging parents, a spouse or other family members. Funded through a grant from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The group meets from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the JFCS Main Campus, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. No fee, but pre-registration is required. Contact Nicole Ziemba, BSW, Sarasota CARES Program Coordinator, at 941.366.2224 x108 or

Kristallnacht Commemoration Night Sponsored by

Join the Federation and the Generations After group to commemorate Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Guest speaker Paul Bartrop, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Human Rights Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, will discuss “The Kristallnacht as Seen From Australia, November 1938.” Dr. Bartrop’s presentation will be preceded by a Sarasota Jewish Chorale performance. The event is free and open to the community, and takes place from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on the Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota. Register online at For more information, please contact Orna Nissan at 941.371.4546 x104 or onissan@

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fridAY, november 9 Brandeis presents “Showcase” The Brandeis National Committee (BNC) invites everyone in the community to a complimentary light brunch followed by a very interesting program. The speaker, Bradley Battersby, Head of the Digital Filmmaking Department at Ringling College of Art and Design, will discuss “Digital Filmmaking…the Next Generation.” This is also the day to check out and sign up for our many popular study groups, cultural events and day trips. No reservations required to attend this free event from 9:30 a.m. noon at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, contact Pam Gordon (941.758.6565 or or Pauline Leopold (941.921.4366 or

Veterans Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El Temple Emanu-El gratefully salutes those who have bravely served in the United States Armed Forces and the Israel Defense Forces at this special service. Jewish veterans from Temple Emanu-El and the Sarasota-Manatee community will be recognized with a special blessing from the bimah and will participate in the Shabbat service. The centerpiece of Veterans Shabbat will be a musical tribute and the presentation of a mayoral proclamation officially declaring November 9 to be Veterans Shabbat. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. For more information, call Dick or Ethel Gross at 941.388.7899.

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wHAT MAKES A GREAT BEACH? November 8 with Dr. Beach

Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) will discuss the 50 criteria he uses to rate beaches, using coastal sciences for public outreach. His book Field Guide to the Water’s Edge from National Geographic will be for sale.

courting prescription pain medication: for better or worse? December 4 with Mary Ruiz '73

More than seven people die each day in Florida as a result of a prescription pain pill epidemic. Mental health and addiction expert Mary Ruiz will talk about the medical, social, economic and political impacts of this epidemic. Ruiz is a New College alumna and CEO/president of Manatee Glens.

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Veterans Shabbat is a compelling occasion that pays tribute to those who answered the call to defend the liberties we cherish, and honors their dedicated service, resolve and bravery. In addition to the service, each year TBI partners with Disabled American Veterans Post #97 to help provide gifts of clothing, toiletries and other supplies to veterans at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in St. Petersburg and James Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa. Join us at 8:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. For more information about the service, call 941.383.3428 or email For donation information, call Al Grossman at 941.377.8960.

saturdAY, november 10 Kabbalah at Kol HaNeshama This November class will serve as an introduction to a series of classes by Arnie Binderman on Kabbalah and Learning to Read the Zohar. We will discuss the multiple approaches to the Jewish mystical experience, their goals and methods, as well as learning how to decode the Zohar. Look for future class announcements in upcoming issues of The Jewish News or email Arnie at to find out when the next classes will be held. Free to all. This intro class will be held at 8:30 a.m. (before services) at Kol HaNeshama, 3145 Southgate Circle (right turn off circle on Tuttle between Bee Ridge and Webber).

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Two students, one Arab and one Jewish, from Hand in Hand, a public institution whose three campuses educate nearly 900 Jewish and Arab children, Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze from twenty different communities together in the same classroom, will speak about their experience at the school at services and at a special Shabbat Cafe lunch that will follow. Their visit provides an outstanding opportunity to learn about an extraordinary Arab-Jewish initiative. Join us at 10:00 a.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. For more information, call 941.383.3428 or email


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Nooa Dancers from Israel Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 7:00 pm on the Federation Campus 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota

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The Federation is proud to present the fabulous NOOA Dancers - 21 dancers of various ages from Tel Mond, Israel. Hanukkah reception to follow!

sundAY, november 11 TBS Bios and Bagels - Jewish Icon Rebecca Gratz Join us at Temple Beth Sholom’s Sunday Morning Symposium on Jewish Icons, Bios and Bagels, at 9:45 a.m. in Temple Beth Sholom’s all-purpose room, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Enjoy coffee and bagels while Debbie Michael presents the accomplishments of Rebecca Gratz, an early 19th century and post-Revolutionary War philanthropist and Jewish educator. No cost, but donations to defray food costs will be accepted. Please call 941.955.8121 for information or to sponsor the lecture.

Questions? Contact Alice Cotman at 941.359.6451.

“Mini Chefs” - Apple Pies Let your kids experience the joy of Jewish cooking! At “Mini Chefs,” children will have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and get some hands-on cooking experience. Kids will create delicious foods connected to the holidays and, at the same time, will gain appreciation for the important Jewish calendar events. Each child will bring home a masterpiece cookbook for mom, too! This month’s feature: apple pies for Thanksgiving. The class begins at 10:00 a.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. The cost is $10 per class. For more information, contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or

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The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee’s Annual Meeting Join us as we welcome incoming officers and new Lifetime Board Members & Directors, as well as honoring outgoing Officers, Board Members and Directors. This free event begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. RSVP required at or by calling 941.371.4546 x119. For more information, please contact Jeremy Lisitza at jlisitza@ or 941.371.4546 x109.

Israel @ 65 kick-off with IDF Quintet Sponsored by

Join us for the kick-off event as we celebrate 65 years of Israel and her contributions to the world! This free event begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. RSVP required at or by calling 941.371.4546 x119. For more information, please contact Len Steinberg at or 941.371.4546 x106.


How do I get items in The Jewish News? E-mail your articles and photos to What are The Jewish News deadlines? Items are due the 25th of each month, or earlier if the 25th falls on a weekend or holiday. Where can I get a copy of The Jewish News? Papers are available at several local libraries, synagogues and offices throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. Can’t find it? Email and let us know where you’d like to see the paper. How do I place an ad in The Jewish News? Please contact Robin Leonardi, account executive, at 941.371.4546 x 114 or

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Mah Jongg/Game Day

JFCS Transitions Support Group

Join the Greater Venice Chapter of Hadassah from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Indies Hall at the Bay Indies Resort (the first clubhouse off Venice Ave. and Bay Indies Blvd.). The cost is $18 for coffee/bagels and a homemade lunch. Bring your own game or we can assign you a game. Send your check to Hadassah, 4220 Tennyson Way, Venice, FL 32493. For more information, call Ruth at 941.492.6025 or Barbara at 941.492.4352.

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The death of a spouse, significant other or life partner is perhaps the most difficult experience that one can have. Once the initial intense period of grief has subsided, how do you recreate your life and go on? This group is an opportunity to be with others who are struggling with the same life issues. The ongoing group will meet monthly initially to meet new people in similar life circumstances; share experiences – what works, what doesn’t; begin to laugh and enjoy what life can offer you now; and receive support as you navigate this new road. The group meets from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at the JFCS Main Campus, 2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. No fee, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Susan Finkelstein, RN, MAS, Jewish Healing Coordinator, at 941.366.2224 x166 or

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This is the fourth in a series of eight opportunities to discuss the history and establishment of the State of Israel. Each session is built loosely around a book; this month the selection is The Hope by Herman Wouk. You need not have read the book to attend. This free class is open to the public and begins at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Sinai, 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. Visit for a list of upcoming dates and books. RSVP to 941.924.1802 or

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Enjoy knaidels, knishes and kugel as you empower yourself and explore a Jewish twist on investing – a review of Israeli companies trading in the U.S. The talk will be delivered by Judy Skornicka Schwartzbaum, Financial Advisor & Senior Investment Management Consultant. Learn about investing through a Jewish lens. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. Cost is $8; N’shei members attend free of charge. The event chairs are Dr. Gerry Nussbaum and Mindy Bloom. For more information or to register, call 941.925.0770 or email

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Brigitte Gabriel returns to Sarasota for this premiere Israel@65 event as one of the leading terrorism experts in the world providing information and analysis on Global Islamic terrorism. Gabriel is the author of two books: Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America, and They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It. She is a regular guest analyst on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and various radio stations.

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thursdAY, november 15

NCJW Members Only Luncheon

AJC 2012 Civic Achievement Award Dinner

National Council of Jewish Women membership entitles a person to be on hand at the Members Only Luncheon to meet and greet each other, be served a lovely lunch, and participate in the “Antiques Road Show Program.” Each attendee may bring one item for appraisal. The luncheon begins at noon at University Park Country Club, 7671 The Park Blvd., University Park. Luncheon choices are herb and macadamia crusted chicken breast or grilled salmon with a citrus glaze. Please reserve your place by November 5 by sending a check payable to NCJW for $25 with your luncheon choice and phone number to Paula Kaufman at 5828 Doral Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243. If you are interested in joining or finding out more about NCJW, please call our 24-hour hotline at 941.342.1855.

AJC will honor Margaret Callihan (pictured), Chairman, President and CEO of SunTrust, with its 2012 Civic Achievement Award at a gala dinner from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Michael’s On East, 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota. This coveted award is given annually to individuals whose contributions have helped to uplift the shared life of our community, as Ms. Callihan has so ably and repeatedly done. She will be recognized for her professional and personal accomplishments that have benefited others in countless ways. Dinner Chairs are Gerri Aaron, Flori Roberts, and Matt and Lisa Walsh. AJC is proud to welcome Keynote Speaker Gregory L. Miller, Chief Economist of SunTrust. Sponsorships start at $1,000. Tickets are $175. Please contact Brian Lipton at 941.365.4955 or for more information.

Temple Beth Sholom Film Matinee Series The TBS Idelson Library Film Matinee Series presents Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskill Resort. Kutsher’s Country Club, the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills, has been family owned and operated for over 100 years. The film explores the full “Dirty Dancing” era Catskills experience and how it changed American pop culture in the comedy, sports and vacation industries. Al Goldis will lead a question and answer session after the film. A light lunch, sponsored by the TBS Men’s Club, will be served at 12:15 p.m. followed by the film viewing at 1:00 p.m. There will be no charge for the film. The event takes place in the Madeline L. Sainer Social Hall, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Reservations are required for lunch by November 12. A $5 donation to defray the cost would for 3rd annual, To make reservations for lunch, call the temple office at beour appreciated. 941.955.8121 season longor visit

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Cteen program: “Wherever You Roam” Cteen is a Jewish teen club that compacts exhilarating fun and meaningful projects into a program that’s thrilling and uniting. Cteen events happen at least monthly, but the moments last a lifetime. This month’s program: wherever you roam, stay connected – transform a homeless shelter into a home away from home. There is no cost for this event that begins at 7:30 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 2169 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. For more information, contact Chaya Rivka Schmerling at 941.493.2770 or rivka@

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From Super to Spectacular! Due to the overwhelming response to last year’s Chanukah festival we are relocating to a larger venue. Phillippi Estate Park, overlooking Phillippi Creek on US 41 South, will be transformed into a Festival of Food and Entertainment with Artisans and Vendors showcasing their one-of-a-kind creations.

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A delicious selection of kosher food by Michael’s On East, Mattison’s, Delicious Creations and The Teahouse at Asian Arts will be among the multiple food vendors.

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The live music of THE MOSHE HECHT BAND (, with a repertoire that spans Classic Rock to Reggae, will bring you to your feet. Moshe spreads inspirational messages to a pulsating beat with his soulful, engaging voice, inspiring audiences to standing ovations.

c For the first time ever A Beer Tent and a Laser Light Show.


rich cohen Wednesday, February 13, 2013

7:00 pm in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road. Tickets: $10. *all students attend for free with valid iD. Rich Cohen’s brilliant historical profile The Fish That Ate the Whale unveils Samuel Zemurray as a hidden kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary. Known as El amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, the Banana Man lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years.



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Family acrobatics and our marvelous master balloon sculptor build a giant Menorah.

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Stilt Walker, Balloon Twisters and the amazing Chanukah Hula Dancers.

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Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Sinai

Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Sinai continues

Professor Eli Rekhess, Ph.D., will speak on the subject of Arab-Israeli relations. He is the Crown Visiting Chair in Middle East Studies at Northwestern University as well as the Director of the Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation at Tel Aviv University. The Welcome Reception begins at 5:15 p.m.; Shabbat services begin at 6:00 p.m. “The Arab Spring – Repercussions for Israel’s Security” will be the topic of his remarks. This event is free and no RSVP is required. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. For more information, call 941.924.1802 or visit

During the 10:00 a.m. Shabbat services, Professor Elie Rekhess will present “The Religious Cleavage in Israel – A Jewish and Democratic State.” Professor Rekhess has published extensively, authoring or editing 11 books and more than 80 scholarly articles or chapters. A Shabbat Kiddush Luncheon by Chef A. Zildjian follows at a cost of $12.50, and will be followed by “Arabs in a Jewish State – Between Alienation and Integration.” RSVP for lunch to or 941.924.1802. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.

TGIS - Thank Goodess It’s Shabbat - Teen Dinner

Hero Tot Shabbat at Temple Emanu-El

This event, hosted by Chabad of Sarasota, is geared for teens in grades nine through twelve. During the special Shabbat dinner, the teens will convene at the home of Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, where hot-button current event issues will be discussed, deliberated and debated. Rabbi Steinmetz will include the Torah perspective along with Jewish views and values. All teens are welcome to join us for a wonderful Shabbat experience and dinner following the 7:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat service at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. For more information and reservations, please call 941.925.0770 or email

Bring your hero to Tot Shabbat! Share a meaningful, joyful, fun family Shabbat celebration with a special “hero” theme. Enjoy playground time, a bagel breakfast, age-appropriate Shabbat songs, blessings, and movement with Rabbi Brenner Glickman – and create a superhero cape, a superhero-themed challah cover, and hear a Shabbat story about a real Jewish superhero. Hero Tot Shabbat is designed especially for Jewish and interfaith families with children up to age 7, but all are welcome. This free event, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, is funded by an Incubator Grant from the Union for Reform Judaism as part of Temple Emanu-El’s “Shabbat Playdate” series. For more information, contact Liana Sheintal Bryant at

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism welcomes Dr. Susan A. MacManus (pictured), who will present “The Election 2012: Why and How It Matters.” For the last six election cycles, Susan has served as political analyst for WFLA-TV. She has appeared on every major broadcast, cable TV and radio network, and has been interviewed by major newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. She is Florida’s most-quoted political scientist and author of Young v. Old: Generational Combat in the 21st Century? and Targeting Senior Voters. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Unity, 3023 Proctor Rd., Sarasota. The public is welcome. For more information, call 941.929.7771 or visit

Friday Night Live Teens (13-18) are invited to Rabbi Mendy and Chanie Bukiet’s home at 8:30 p.m. for a delicious Shabbat meal in a lively atmosphere. There is no charge. RSVP by November 14 to 941.752.3030.


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sundAY, november 18 “Club 770” annual garage sale The Chabad Men’s Club will hold its annual garage sale from 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. at Chabad of Sarasota, 7700 Beneva Road. The sale will include clothing, furniture, electronics, collectibles and more. Donations of your no-longer-needed gently-used items are gratefully accepted through November 16. All proceeds benefit the Kaplan Preschool. For more information, please call 941.925.0770.

Jewish War Veterans meeting Join JWV Sarasota Post 172 at 9:15 a.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota for a breakfast buffet. This will be followed at 10:00 a.m. with a Business Meeting and speaker Terry Atkins, Veterans Service Officer, Sarasota County. Come and get an update of matters affecting all veterans. For more information, call Cmdr. Stuart Krupkin at 941.342.3413.

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Scholar-in-Residence at Temple Sinai concludes Join us at 9:30 a.m. for a Bagel Brunch and Professor Elie Rekhess’ presentation of “Shifting Sands in the Middle East – The Rise of Political Islam.” Professor Rekhess has been intensely involved in consulting and advisory work. In 2006 he briefed then U.S. Senator Barack Obama, who was visiting Israel, and accompanied him on a visit to an Arab village in the Galilee. Breakfast is $10 per person. RSVP to or call 941.924.1802. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota.

“Adult Sunday School” at Temple Emanu-El Back by popular demand, Temple Emanu-El’s 2012 session of “Adult Sunday School” will focus on the winter holidays. In a supportive and friendly learning atmosphere facilitated by Rabbis Brenner and Elaine Glickman, attendees will discuss the Hanukkah/Christmas dilemma experienced by interfaith families, how to combat the materialism and Christmas-centered focus of the season, the history and significance of Hanukkah, and how to make Hanukkah meaningful and amazingly fun for the whole family. All are welcome at 10:00 a.m. at 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Free for Temple Emanu-El members; $10 donation requested for guests. For more information, contact Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman at 941.379.1997 or

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Relatives and Friends of Israelis (RAFI) is a social, non-political, nonfundraising group for those who have relatives and friends living in Israel. We are the bridge that connects us with interesting programs, friendship and sharing news about our loved ones in Israel. Please come to our Ice Cream Social Open House from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. For more information, contact Harriet Joy Epstein at 941.342.1818 or

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All Club Chai members are invited at 7:30 p.m. to this exclusive event at The Chabad House, 5712 Lorraine Road, Bradenton. Club Chai members provide monthly sustenance to Chabad in multiples of $18 (Chai-Life). Call 941.752.3030 for more information.


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Join us for an exciting start to the Jewish Genealogical Society of Southwest Florida meeting year! Rabbi Aiello will present “The Lost Jews of Sicily and Southern Italy - The Anousim Nobody Knows.” Anousim (or Conversos) are the descendants of Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity during the Inquisition. Thousands were driven to flee to other lands, including the Americas. The families of many Anousim have maintained some observance of Jewish ritual, often without knowing it was Jewish practice. In recent times some of these Anousim have made the choice to return to Judaism. Attendance is free. Everyone is welcome at 1:00 p.m. at Kobernick House, 1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota. For more information, contact Kim Sheintal at 941.921.1433 or, or visit

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This is the second film in the second season of four films from the Dr. Sam and Ina Gross Memorial Collection. The film, Taking Root, was shown on PBS and deals with immigration to America from 1820 to 1880. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. with a dinner of ethnic cuisine paired to the film followed by the screening in the sanctuary at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. A discussion with Rabbi Huntting follows. The dinner and film is $35 for guests. RSVP to Janet Tolbert at 941.388.9624.

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Join Chanie Bukiet from noon - 1:00 p.m. at Chabad Jewish Center, 5712 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch, for a Lunch & Learn. Feast on a delicious lunch and learn Tanya, psychology of the soul, based on the Kabbalah. No cost. Call 941.752.3030 for more information.

Elsebeth Schoenberger was ten years old when she watched German troops march into her small Danish town. Many years later that terrible day remains fresh in her mind. That memory inspired her to write Birgitte’s War, an account of a young Danish girl growing up during Nazi occupation. Through Birgitte, readers learn about the remarkable story of Danish resistance and meet Jewish families and the Danes who risked their lives to save them. Following an abridged early 5:30 p.m. Shabbat service at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key, Schoenberger will speak about her wartime experiences and the book. For more information, call 941.383.3428 or email

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service The annual Longboat Key - St. Armands Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is a truly special gathering. All of the area’s clergy, together with choir members from the various congregations, participate. The service’s ecumenical spirit is appreciated as a source of community and unity. This free service begins at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. For more information, please call 941.383.3428 or email

Attention Bridge PlAyers The Bridge Group meets Thursday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 pm on the Federation Campus (582 McIntosh Road). Open to intermediate and advanced bridge players.

For more information, call Bob Satnick at 941-538-3739.

tuesDAY, november 27 Children of Aging Parents Support Group - Venice The support group offers emotional support, affirmation, understanding and socialization as well as assistance with community resources for individuals who are serving as caregivers for aging parents, a spouse or other family members. Funded through a grant from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The group meets from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Boulevard, Venice. No fee, but pre-registration is required. Contact Nicole Ziemba, BSW, Sarasota CARES Program Coordinator, at 941.366.2224 x108 or

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wednesdAY, november 28 Temple Beth Sholom book discussion In honor of Jewish Library Month, the Sisterhood of Temple Beth Sholom and the Idelson Library will present a discussion of The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. Arlene Hamburger will lead the discussion at 1:15 p.m. in the Band/Desenberg Chapel, 1050 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota. Popular author Alice Hoffman’s latest novel is loosely based upon the historical writings of 1st century CE Romano-Jewish historian Josephus. The story tells of four women who seek refuge from the Roman invasion and then survive the mass suicide that takes place at Masada. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For information, contact Arlene Hamburger at 941.921.2554.

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Keyboard Conversations® is primarily a concert; each work on the program is performed in its entirety. As the significant plus, Mr. Siegel will speak briefly and informally to the audience before performing each composition, illustrating with a few pertinent musical examples from the keyboard. This event takes place from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Tickets start at $30.RSVP at by calling 941.371.4546 x119. For more information, please contact Len Steinberg at or 941.371.4546 x106.

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Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road Tickets: $10. *Students attend free with valid ID. Presented in partnership with Jewish Book Council & Sarasota Bookstore 1. An energetic and ultimately poignant literary debut, Failure To Thrive digs deep into the compromises of marriage, the intensity of parenthood and the love that propels a father in the face of his own mortality to raise his son.

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World renowned and New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer Weiner, will be the guest speaker for this popular event. Event co-chairs: Julie Green and Susan Mallitz. Please bring your gently used shoes to be donated to Goodwill. This event takes place from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Tickets start at $65. RSVP at or call 941.371.4546 x100. For more information, please contact Ilene Fox at or 941.371.4546 x110.

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Israel to build model farm in South Sudan “We happen to be experts in some fields and it’s wonderful to be able to contribute to the process of nation-building.” – Haim Koren, Israeli Ambassador to South Sudan By Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c, October 3, 2012


srael is planning to build a model agricultural village in the new nation of South Sudan, aimed at teaching local farmers how Israel’s breakthrough agricultural methods and technologies can help the fledgling African nation survive and thrive. The idea took shape when Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon got to talking with South Sudan’s Minister of Agriculture, Betty Ogwaro, at the Agritech 2012 expo in Tel Aviv last May. “Betty met not only people from our ministry but also our minister of agriculture, and the discussion became very productive,” Israeli Ambassador to South Sudan Haim Koren tells ISRAEL21c. “We suggested to her that we have plenty of experts in agriculture and irrigation who can give a hand, but since she knows better than we do what the needs are, we asked her to prioritize the issues.” Ogwaro recently told Koren, who travels to the year-old country frequently, that she wants the demonstration farm set up in Eastern Equatoria, one of

the 10 states comprising South Sudan. “The idea is first to help supply vegetables, a very basic food of which there is a shortage, so they have to import everything,” says Koren. “They simply need it for their survival.” Building a new agricultural industry The problem is not a lack of arable soil or of water – South Sudan is blessed with an abundance of both thanks to the nearby Nile River and a relatively long rainy season – but a lack of expertise. “Basically it’s a society of shepherds and cowherds, not farmers,” Koren explains. “They are not qualified to deal with farming.” As it happens, many Sudanese refugees who sought better lives in Israel over the past few years were placed on kibbutzim where they learned advanced Israeli methods of farming and drip irrigation. Now that many of these refugees are being repatriated to South Sudan, the Foreign Ministry is hoping to integrate them directly into running the new agricultural project. “We can contribute the technology and enable some [South Sudanese] peo-

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ple to get jobs working on the farm,” says Koren. “It needs a training staff, and we’ll work to prepare the basic program for the project, present it to Betty and let her take it from there. I’m back and forth all the time, following up with relevant ministries and bureaucrats.” Koren was planning to escort the first group of Israeli experts in September to assess the scope of the project and draw up a budget proposal to present to the Israeli government.” The ambassador has assigned as project manager Dr. Yossi Baratz from MASHAV, Israel’s international development agency. Baratz, a physician, formerly served as the agency’s representative in Kenya, and in 2010 oversaw the inauguration of an Israeli-built emergency room at Kisumu East District Hospital in that African country. “I would like Israel to translate its skills in small-scale agriculture to Sudan,” Ogwaro told Israel National News at Agritech. “I see them improving agriculture through irrigation…this is very important.” Contributing to nation-building Koren is hopeful that the farm can be started at the beginning of 2013, and will eventually involve Israeli agricultural experts from the private sector. “The idea is approved and now we need to make it come true,” he says. The project budget will come en-

tirely from the Israeli government, and is intended as the first of several agricultural projects in South Sudan. The country’s population is about 8.5 million, similar to Israel’s, but spread out over a very large territory. “We have strong bilateral relations,” says Koren. “It is the youngest country on earth, only one year old, and still coming out of a very difficult situation. We have abilities to help them, so it’s a great opportunity.” He explains that aid to developing countries “is a very important tool in foreign policy, and part of being a developed country.” “When Israel was accepted into the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), we committed to international projects, not just aid and assistance but also money,” Koren says. “We are also members of the United Nations and contribute money for all kinds of projects to benefit the international community through the UN. We happen to be experts in some fields and it’s wonderful to be able to contribute to the process of nationbuilding.” Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.

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On the eve of the Jewish New Year 5773 (2012), data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics revealed the population of Israel numbers 7,933,200 – with 5,978,600 Jews, 1,636,600 Arabs, and 318,000 others. (Ynet News)


One out of 514 people in the world is Jewish – less than 0.2% of mankind. The global Jewish population has reached 13.75 million, with a growth of 88,000 in the past year. Israel’s life expectancy is among the highest in the world. Life expectancy for men is ranked second (after Sweden). (Times of Israel)


Canada has become arguably the most pro-Israel country in the world. From being the first world leader to cut off funds to the Palestinian Authority in 2006 when it was taken over by Hamas, to speaking out against growing global anti-Semitism, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has embraced Israel as no Canadian leader did before him. He blamed Hizbullah for the war and civilian deaths in Lebanon during the summer

war of 2006, and rejected widespread calls for an immediate ceasefire. He led the boycott of the Durban II conference. He blocked a G-8 statement that would have called for a return to Israel’s 1967 borders. Over the three years that it sat on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Canada stood alone in defense of Israel – eight times casting the only “no” vote against unfair condemnations of Israel. After Canada lost its bid for a seat on the UN Security Council, Harper suggested that the country’s stalwart defense of Israel was a contributing factor. Canada’s bold words and actions give Israelis hope that there are indeed many decent people, some of them in positions of power, who will not bow to demonization or to the Orwellian twisting of history and language that often pertains to Israel these days. (Israel Hayom)


One of the State of Israel’s most important assets are the women serving as senior operatives in Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad. They disappear from their homes, emerge under various identities, and rub shoulders with the enemy. A spy who is captured in an enemy country can expect tough inter-

rogation, torture and execution. There are cells in the field in which women make up half the force. There are operational units that have a woman as their commander. The Mossad seeks to frustrate by whatever means possible any plotted evil, including terrorist attacks and forbidden deals, the Iranian and other nuclear weapons programs, and the arming of Hizbullah and hostile countries with long-range missiles. The women agents live chameleon lives. One day they walk around in sharply tailored clothes like senior businesspeople, and the next they are ragged street sellers. On the streets all the time, always changing identities, and all this in enemy countries. For the first time, five senior Mossad women agents, with ranks equivalent to colonel and brigadier-general, have been given permission to speak. All of them are mothers, and at the same time command teams of agents. (Globes)


According to figures published on October 2 by the Israel Export Institute, during the first half of 2012, exports to the EU decreased 4%, while exports to Asia rose 14%, to Latin AmerSarasota Press exports Nov Ad.qxp 10/1/2012

ica grew by 9% and exports to Africa increased 6%. While exports to the U.S. fell 20%, this drop is accounted for by a sharp decrease in the export of pharmaceuticals (as a result of a change in Teva’s target markets). Excluding this sector, exports to the U.S. increased by 3%. Israel’s exports to Brazil grew 31%, exports to Russia rose 23%, and exports to Nigeria leaped 149%. (Israel Hayom)


Israel is the second-most educated country after Canada among the 34 OECD member countries, a recent report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said. Some 46% of Israelis have a higher education compared with the OECD average of 30%. (Ynet News)


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‹‹Many of the considerations that provided the rationale for the U.S.-Israel security relationship during the Cold War remain valid today. Israel is a bulwark against radical Islamism as embodied by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and a quiet but effective ally of Jordan. ‹‹U.S. military equipment pre-positioned in Israel, valued at nearly $1.2 billion, is available to support U.S. contingencies in the eastern Mediterranean and Persian Gulf. Israel continues to serve as a testing ground for advanced weapons and war-fighting concepts, many of which are eventually employed by the U.S. ‹‹Today, Israeli intelligence remains a major source of information regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Hizbullah’s global activities, and the activities of al-Qaeda affiliates; and Israeli intelligence operations have helped delay Iran’s nuclear program. Israel’s comparative ad-

vantages include a sustained focus on key hard targets, the cultivation of unique sources and innovative methods, and a willingness to incur risk. There needs to be greater recognition that Israel not only benefits immensely from U.S. support, but also contributes significantly to U.S. interests. Israel’s own strength and stability, along with its military, technological and scientific achievements, enhance the U.S. ability to meet the security, economic and development requirements (at home and abroad) that are increasingly essential to preserving American prosperity and leadership. (Michael Eisenstadt and David Pollock, Washington Institute for Near East Policy)


For two days hostilities ceased along a half kilometer stretch of the Gaza fence as workers wearing bullet-proof vests and helmets lay 15 km. of new optical cables in an area that faces an almost daily barrage of mortars and rockets from Gaza. The new infrastructure will support high-speed Internet service for Gaza. “This is Israel’s answer to the hundreds of mortars, to connect the people in Gaza to the world,” said IDF

Maj. Adam Avidan. He added that Israel was fighting terrorists in Gaza, not its civilians. (Jerusalem Post)


Pastor John Hagee For years, I had spoken at churches all over the country about the Biblical basis for Christian support of Israel. Through their own Biblical studies, millions of Christians had come to understand that we have a religious and ethical obligation to stand with the Jewish people. On Feb. 6, 2006, I invited 400 evangelical leaders to Cornerstone Church in San Antonio to create a national grassroots Christian Zionist organization that would unite millions of evangelicals to stand up and speak up for Israel. To my surprise (try getting 400 pastors to agree on anything), all agreed to join the effort, and Christians United For Israel was born. Today, we have more than 1.1 million members; we hold an average of 40 pro-Israel events in cities and towns across America every month; we meet in Washington every year to remind our elected officials that there are Christians who stand with Israel. Christian Zionists do not believe that God’s covenant with the Jewish people has been replaced by Christianity. Quite the contrary. We recognize

that our faith would not exist were it not for Judaism. Christianity owes a debt of gratitude to the Jewish faith, and we have been commanded to stand with our Jewish brethren. Pastor John Hagee is founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel. (Washington Post)


Over the last year, the level of the Dead Sea has gone down by 1.5 meters (over 4.5 feet), the sharpest decline in its recorded history. Dams built by Israel, Jordan and Syria have cut off all the sea’s main water sources. The sea today is almost 30 meters lower than it was 30 years ago. Israel and Jordan, with the cooperation of the World Bank, are working on a plan to save the Dead Sea by replenishing it with water from the Red Sea. But even if the project comes to fruition, its effects won’t be felt for many years. (Ha’aretz)


Radar defense manufacturer ELTA North America, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries, plans to create 100 jobs over the next four years in Fulton in Howard County, U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said. ELTA Systems Ltd. is the world’s fourth-largest radar company. (APWashington Post)

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Recent event photos from the area’s temples, schools & organizations

Rosh Hashanah was celebrated by students of TBS Schools by baking holiday treats

Paver Religious School students, their teachers and parents, and TBS Sisterhood members gathered around mixing bowls to produce 500 apple muffins for distribution to Jewish residents of area nursing/rehab facilities

TBS Schools hosted its annual “Welcome Back Splash” at the Josephine Lofino Splash Park at the Sarasota YMCA. At left: 5th grader Leo has found a new friend in Sebastian, an incoming kindergartener Above: Transitional student Isabella delights in soaking up the sun

Sybil & Irwin Broh, Andrea Zucker and Dr. Gary Janko were among the many attendees braving the rain to attend Temple Emanu-El’s inspiring Tashlich service

Parents and children at Chabad Weinstein’s Religious School enjoy apple sandwiches

Simona Belivovsky, Mushka Schmerling and Emma Mcgill enjoy the monthly Mini Chefs Program at Chabad of Venice

Members of Temple Beth El Bradenton celebrated Selichot and the changing the Torah covers to their High Holy Days white covers. Pictured are Jean Ellis and Susie Konicov.

Irene Mirkovic and Alice D’Souza welcome members of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism for Rosh Hashanah services

Patti Wertheimer, co-Chair of We Love Israel Day, and Rich Bergman, Jewish Federation Director of Community Building, at the recent Synagogue Council meeting to discuss the year-long Israel @ 65 Celebration

Betty & Richard Greenspan and Toniet Wolfson enjoy the dessert reception as part of the Selichot service and program at Temple Sinai

Temple Beth Israel Board President Sy Klionsky (left) prepares Shirley Fein for Sukkot blessings in the temple’s new sukkah

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Chabad Kaplan preschoolers hold a stuffed shofar made as a class project. As children stuffed the shofar they also shared a way in which they can try harder for the new year.

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Young Ambassadors Livvy Tishman, Logan Marr and Sophie Antovel  each had a different view of the same place and the fun or sadness they experienced during their recent trip to Israel (photo courtesy RGB Media Services, LLC)

Congregation Ner Tamid prepares for 5773 as members Dayna Henry, Ashley Manevitch and Peter Semonick roll the Torah scroll

Lloyd Constantine Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 • 7:00 pm

Beatrice Friedman Theater on the Federation Campus, 582 McIntosh Road. Tickets: $10. *Students attend free with valid iD. Presented in partnership with Jewish Book Council & Sarasota Bookstore 1. Journal of the Plague Year is Lloyd Constantine’s intimate account of the 17 calamitous months preceding Eliot Spitzer’s (pictured with Lloyd Constantine) 2008 scandal.

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Illene Dyrda, Joan & Skip Ennis, Mackenzie & Skip Dyrda of Temple Sinai at Tashlich on Siesta Key Beach with over 40 members and guests

The Jewish News - November 2012 issue  

Monthly newspaper of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee